Social housing boom for Enniscorthy
While the provision of housing is an area that is causing major headaches for authorities right across the country, Enniscorthy is meeting the problem head-on with almost 100 social houses to be delivered over the coming months.
A total of 46 houses in The Moyne are set to be handed over by the end of the year, with the Department of Housing having signed off on a further 52 houses in the same area at Greenville Lane, ten of which are to be handed over this year with the remaining 42 to be handed out by June of next year. Similarly a further 30 social houses are to be provided in phase three of Meadowfields in the town.
Pádraig O'Gorman from Wexford County Council's Housing Department, says that the numbers are looking good for Enniscorthy and it will go a long way towards helping with the major demand for social housing that exists across the four districts.
'Basically, these houses have been funded by the department of housing and while they are being constructed by a co-operative, they will house tenants from Wexford County Council's housing list,' he explained. 'It is a substantial amount of houses for Enniscorthy town and hopefully it will alleviate some of the pressure and demand we experiencing in all of the urban areas. The main demand is in urban centres and it's great to have these houses in Enniscorthy town.'
'It's most definitely positive,' he concluded. 'It compliments Wexford County Council's own programme of acquisition and builds and we'll see a substantial number of new social houses in town over the next year.'
In addition, Mr O'Gorman confirmed that work on a further eight social houses at Cherry Orchard is progressing ahead of schedule and that they could be completed by July, ahead of the previous finish date set of September.
The Enniscorthy developments are part of a major push on social housing across the county with over 1,200 social properties planned within three years.
Minister Paul Kehoe welcomed the progress made and said: 'Housing is the biggest single challenge facing the government and that issue is acute here in Wexford.'
He added that he accepted that many people stuck on the housing list are feeling great frustration and vowed to put pressure on Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to ensure that projects earmarked for Wexford do not face any unnecessary delays.