Coun­cil plans to re­cruit staff for hous­ing CPOs

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE Coun­cil is plan­ning to re­cruit Va­cant Homes Of­fi­cers to start us­ing Com­pul­sory Pur­chase Or­ders to buy up va­cant houses for the Hous­ing Wait­ing List.

Coun­cil­lor De­clan Bree put for­ward a mo­tion call­ing on the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ciarán Hayes to con­sider us­ing CPOs specif­i­cally for that pur­pose.

He said that ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Cen­sus fig­ures, there were al­most 4,000 va­cant houses in Sligo.

“It is clear many of them would be suit­able for so­cial hous­ing,” he told the meet­ing.

“Other coun­cils in the coun­try have suc­cess­fully be­gun to use com­pul­sory pur­chase or­ders to buy houses to re­duce the num­ber of house­holds on hous­ing wait­ing lists and I be­lieve Sligo needs to do so if it is to se­ri­ously be­gin re­duc­ing the num­bers on its wait­ing list,” he said.

“In my opinion it is im­moral and un­just to have dwelling houses ly­ing va­cant in Sligo while fam­i­lies on the hous­ing list are liv­ing in over­crowded and un­fit con­di­tions,” he said.

Coun­cil Of­fi­cial Joe Mur­phy said the Coun­cil was cur­rently pre­par­ing a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to the Gov­ern­ment for Va­cant Homes Of­fi­cers.

Cllr Chris MacManus said CPOs could in­cur “quite ad­di­tional costs” and said they needed to ask the Gov­ern­ment to re­view their CPO Act pro­cesses.

Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ciarán Hayes said CPOs were an op­tion but were not that sim­ple but he would ex­plore it.

How­ever he warned CPOs were “re­source hun­gry.”

Mayor of the Mu­nic­i­pal Distric Cllr Hu­bert Keaney said: “I think we should use this. I would send a mes­sage out there to all the peo­ple who own these houses,” he said.

“Peo­ple don’t have the right to just leave it there - it would wake peo­ple up and get peo­ple into houses quicker,” he said.

Cllr De­clan Bree

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