District coun­cil­lors pri­ori­tise hous­ing

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

CLLR Grace McManus asked mem­bers to set a date for a spe­cial meet­ing on hous­ing and home­less­ness. ‘We agreed to this at the last meet­ing,’ she said last Tues­day evening at a meet­ing of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District.

Cathaoir­leach of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District Steven Matthews said that he had spo­ken to the di­rec­tor for hous­ing. He men­tioned that Joe Lane had given pre­sen­ta­tions the pre­vi­ous day on RAS and HAP schemes as well as na­tional pol­icy, and next month will present on home­less­ness.

Cllr Matthews said that Mr Lane would be in Bray next month for a Part 8 mat­ter, and is will­ing to take any ques­tion re­lat­ing to hous­ing also.

‘We did agree to a meet­ing,’ said Cllr McManus.

Cllr Matthews said that it is dif­fi­cult to get the di­rec­tor and staff to a meet­ing out of hours, then there would also be an ex­pec­ta­tion that the same should oc­cur in the other districts.

He said that would be tak­ing staff out of hours when they are needed else­where.

He said that he would con­tinue to ask for the op­por­tu­nity to work it into the staff work­load.

Cllr Matthews said that the de­ci­sion made was to re­quest a meet­ing, and the re­quest has been made

Cllr Joe Be­han said that the mem­bers had de­cided to have a meet­ing to­gether, with or with­out of­fi­cials.

‘We are the only district in Wick­low with a hous­ing func­tion,’ he said. ‘We are en­ti­tled to a bit more at­ten­dance from of­fi­cials be­cause of that.’

He said that hous­ing is the num­ber one is­sue for the district. ‘We want to of­fer hope and some kind of light at the end of the tun­nel for the 1,000 plus fam­i­lies on the list,’ he said. He sug­gested the mem­bers meet in Oc­to­ber, af­ter hav­ing heard pre­sen­ta­tions from the di­rec­tor and of­fi­cials.

Cllr Matthews won­dered what the ben­e­fit would be of meet­ing with­out the hous­ing staff present.

Cllr McManus and her Sinn Féin party col­league said that the district as a group of eight could dis­cuss to­gether what mes­sages they want to bring to the SPC and the full council.

Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy and Cllr McManus, both mem­bers of the hous­ing SPC, said that they would be pre­pared to bring the col­lated view of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal District to the SPC.

Cllr Grace McManus.

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