Call for compulsory purchase of derelict sites
Cork County Council is being urged to carry out compulsory purchases of a number of derelict sites in North Cork for use as social housing.
Members of the Kanturk/ Mallow Municipal District Council are writing to officials in County Hall asking them to use their CPO powers to build much-needed council housing and at the same time remove dereliction from towns and villages in the region.
The number of properties on the derelict sites register, in that district, has been significantly reduced in recent years, according to a county council report.
In 2014, there were 70 properties on the register, many for a number of years. The council has since concentrated on targeting those and has reduced the total to 20.
The highest number of derelict sites is in Buttevant, with four. There are three each in Mallow, Kanturk, and Cecilstown and two each in Millstreet and Tullylease. Single properties appear on the register at Milford, Lisgriffin, and Freemount.
Council officials said works had started on the Freemount property and substantial work had been carried out on another property in Kanturk.
Cllr John Paul O’Shea maintained that where properties are on the derelict sites list and it was clear their owners had no intention of refurbishing them, the council should act to acquire them.
“We should contact the (council’s) housing directorate and get them CPOd for social housing. We should be CPO-ing these properties. It would get our towns and village looking prettier as well,” Cllr O’Shea said.