Coun­cil­lors seek hous­ing scheme

Irish Examiner - - County On The Rise - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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