Call for com­pul­sory pur­chase of derelict sites

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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.

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