Councillors seek housing scheme
Councillors from one north Cork town have written to the housing minister Darragh O’Brien, urging him to allow them to create an affordable housing scheme in the area.
Fermoy councillors have pushed for the scheme, which would benefit those who don’t qualify for social housing but don’t have enough income to get a mortgage.
Fine Gael councillor Noel McCarthy said there was a lot of suitable council-owned land in the area which would be ideal for such a project. Such a scheme offers cheaper housing than normally available on the open market for young couples and families who won’t get mortgages from banks to buy on the private market because they don’t earn enough.
He said there was a growing band of such people in his area and, for that matter, all over the country who needed these schemes. He said without the schemes, they fall between two stools.
“In 2004, we built 76 affordable homes and they were snapped up in no time at all,” Mr McCarthy said.
“We need to write to the minister. We have plenty of land at Uplands (Fermoy) which could be used for this.”
“This (getting affordable housing) is one of the biggest issues across the country. There’s a bracket of young people who can’t get out of their parents’ homes. We need to give some hope to them,” Fianna Fáil councillor William O’Leary said.
Fermoy municipal district chairwoman Kay Dawson agreed with them.
“Some of our towns are ageing and such schemes would encourage young couples to come into them,” Ms Dawson said.
Meanwhile, the county council is to proceed with the construction of 17 social housing units at Convent Road in nearby Doneraile.
Maurice Manning, the head of the council’s housing directorate said landscaping will be undertaken along with the construction of boundary walls, footpaths and street lighting.
The development will also have a green area.
The move was welcomed by councillors from the northern division who said such housing was badly needed in the town and the general Doneraile area.
Housing minister Darragh O’Brien has been written to by Fermoy councillors.