Vol­un­tary hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions ex­pected to cre­ate bulk of units

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NEW so­cial hous­ing units are likely to be brought on­line largely by vol­un­tary hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions in the com­ing years, mem­bers heard at their Novem­ber meet­ing.

The rev­e­la­tion came af­ter Cllr. Peter Sav­age queried the avail­abil­ity of houses to rent in the Car­ling­ford area.

He said that with the growth in tourism, lo­cal peo­ple were ‘really strug­gling to find rental ac­com­mo­da­tion’ as many own­ers ap­peared to use prop­er­ties for tourist book­ings.

Cllr. Sav­age added that land­lords were ask­ing ten­ants to move as they had week­end book­ings.

‘We should be mak­ing a big­ger ef­fort to source houses which are avail­able for rent in the Car­ling­ford area,’ said Cllr. Sav­age.

The north Louth coun­cil­lor said that he felt on pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions he had gone to the coun­cil about the avail­abil­ity of sites that he had been ‘ig­nored.’

He asked if the lo­cal author­ity were cur­rently ac­tively look­ing for sites.

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices, Frank Pentony re­vealed that vol­un­tary hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions were in line to cre­ate the bulk of hous­ing.

Cllr Peter Sav­age.

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