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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Plans for 24-unit social housing project unveiled

Officials from Wicklow County Council unveiled plans for 24 social housing units at last week's meeting of Greystones Municipal District.

The project is planned for Farrankelly Road, opposite an existing estate. Members heard that the project would cost €4.3 million. This depends on funding from central government. The scheme cannot go out to tender until funding is approved.

Cllr Derek Mitchell welcomed the scheme. He noted that pedestrian access from the existing estate to the bus stop would be included. 'It is a long way and they are jumping fences to get there,' he said.

Cllr Mitchell wondered if there would be lighting installed on Priory Road. 'There will be quite a number of council houses with 70 or so private houses also. It's very dark.'

Members heard that street lighting would be included.

Cllr Tom Fortune said that he was pleased with the plans. He asked how long it would take. Members were told that it could be 2020 before the scheme is completed.

Cllr Fortune asked if there was any way for the process to be sped up in light of a current housing crisis. 'It's smoke and mirrors,' he said.

District Manager Michael Nicholson said that it does take a long time to complete a project, usually three years from start to finish.

Cathaoirleach Gerry Walsh said that it was fantastic news, with 24 units to be delivered within three years.

Cllr Tom Fortune said that he was aware of a house in the district recently offered to the council for purchase. 'That person was told there was no funding for that, is that true?'

Officials said that there is limited funding in certain circumstances. The authorities are generally trying to buy houses in areas where it is not possible to build.

'There is light at the end of the tunnel, even though it's three years down the road,' said Cllr Gerry Walsh.

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