Funds granted for main­te­nance work

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EMER­GENCY re­pairs will be car­ried out at coun­cil houses, af­ter a ‘ small amount’ of fund­ing was al­lo­cated to the main­te­nance bud­get, mem­bers heard at the Oc­to­ber meet­ing of Dun­dalk Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil.

Cllr. John McGa­hon asked for an up­date on the is­sue, which had last month led to of­fi­cials con­firm­ing that the bud­get for hous­ing main­te­nance had been used up.

Se­nior Hous­ing Officer Aoife Lawlor told mem­bers that a small amount had been found from the coun­cil’s In­ter­nal Cap­i­tal Re­ceipts (ICRs) which would en­able them to carry out emer­gency re­pairs un­til the end of the year. She added that they would be iden­ti­fy­ing the emer­gency cases over the com­ing days with a view to get­ting some works un­der­way.

Cllr. To­mas Sharkey asked how much money was be­ing made avail­able, but was told there was an in­struc­tion for the fig­ure not to be re­leased.

Cllr. Sharked added that he was ‘per­turbed’ that the coun­cil were not be­ing in­formed of how much money had been al­lo­cated.

The Hous­ing Officer said it was a ‘work in progress’ and the fig­ure was not avail­able.

Cllr. Pe­ter Sav­age said that there were a num­ber of peo­ple he was aware of who needed emer­gency works at their homes. He wel­comed the funds be­ing made avail­able. Cllr. Emma Cof­fey agreed.

Cllr. Edel Cor­ri­gan added that there were ten­ants who had no heat­ing and no run­ning hot wa­ter. She asked if these would be deemed emer­gen­cies, and how re­quests were be­ing as­sessed.

Cllr. Ruairi O’Murchu asked for re­quests to be dealt with ‘as quickly as pos­si­ble, even if just to give them a timeline for works.’

Cllr. Anne Camp­bell also raised con­cerns about the sys­tem of bid­ding un­der the Choice Based Let­ting scheme, say­ing that some peo­ple had found there was no ev­i­dence they had reg­is­tered their in­ter­est.

Aoife Lawlor re­sponded that the coun­cil do have a track­ing sys­tem for main­te­nance re­quests, and would be pri­ori­tis­ing heat­ing and plumb­ing works.

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