Funds granted for maintenance work
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.