Shock that only 8 out of 15 homes wanted in Ardee

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MID LOUTH coun­cil­lor Jim Tenanty ad­mits he was ‘shocked’ to learn that only eight of 15 homes avail­able were al­lo­cated in the new Castle­guard es­tate in Ardee.

Those given homes qual­i­fied un­der the coun­cil hous­ing process, with the other seven homes given to peo­ple ‘down the list’.

Cllr Tenanty told last week’s area meet­ing that they were con­stantly con­tacted about hous­ing, but there seemed to be ‘ no-one in­ter­ested’ in the new scheme.

‘Is there some­thing we should know?,’ he asked, stat­ing that it was shock­ing that the full al­lo­ca­tion of houses was not taken up, given that there’s 375 peo­ple on the wait­ing list.

‘Maybe we have to see where the de­mand is,’ he added.

Cllr Pearse McGeough said it ‘ seems strange’ that given there’s a huge num­ber on the hous­ing list that they have houses that were not taken up.

Cllr Minogue felt that Min­is­ter Eoin Mur­phy’s ef­forts to sort out the hous­ing cri­sis was get­ting trac­tion in mid Louth thanks to the hard work of the hous­ing sec­tion of the coun­cil.

She out­lined the Castle­guard project as well as Dun­leer and Louth Vil­lage de­vel­op­ments.

‘We are lucky to have these houses com­ing on board’, she re­marked.

But she again warned about the lack of ameni­ties in the area to meet the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.

‘We have one park and one all weather pitch in Ardee and we have to be con­cerned about the so­cial im­pact and the fa­cil­i­ties we have. We need an all-weather ath­let­ics track and schools should be told about fu­ture hous­ing plans so they can plan.’

Cllr Tom Cun­ning­ham said more houses needed to be built as there were too many on the wait­ing lists.

Mean­while Fingal County Coun­cil had dis­missed re­ports that they were buy­ing houses in the new 143 unit Bridge­gate de­vel­op­ment on the Drogheda Road in Ardee.

‘Fingal County Coun­cil is not buy­ing houses in Bridge­gate, Ardee, or any­where else in Co Louth. Our Hous­ing Depart­ment only pur­chase hous­ing units within Fingal,’ a spokesper­son stated.

Cllr Dolores Minogue con­firmed that she had also learned of the re­ports and ‘Fingal’s com­ments puts clo­sure on it.’

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