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Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy.

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy.

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan.

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan.

Stock image of new houses: Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

Stock image of new houses: Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

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Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy.

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THERE was dismay and disappointment expressed at a recent meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District with regard to the number of houses that are scheduled to be built in the town and district area.

Following a report on the housing programme being presented to the members from staff i the housing department, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy was the first person to express disappointment at the situation.

Making reference to the housing supply under capital projects, she commented: “We have one house listed for Traveller accomodation that’s under construction to be completed in June, 2023.”
Cllr Murphy also highlighted that while the report indicated 20 houses were under construction by approved housing bodies, 10 have been withdrawn and “a new proposal for the site is under consideration”.

“That brings the number down to 10, not 20,” she said.

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“If that’s what we have under construction between our council and approved housing bodies for this district it’s really, really disappointing,” she added. “I cannot believe we are down to that.”

She also commented that without Part V acquisitions the local authority would be “going nowhere, and there’s not an awful lot there in turnkeys”.

“We have a huge demand for housing and we have a huge demand for social housing in our area and we are all getting calls all the time from people who have been given notice to quit wherever they’re renting and they are going to be homeless unless we get homes for them and we’re not building any,” she said.

“We haven’t got any; those numbers are really poor,” she added. Cllr Murphy also referenced the fact a motion was brought before the council in September with regard to single stage housing and she asked for an update on that.

“Where is that single stage housing going to be?” she asked.

"I suggest we should have a few of those in the Enniscorthy district and we should be trying to move them on and not only try to build them in Enniscorthy town but also in the district because we do have land.”

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan agreed with her council colleague’s sentiments and commented: “It’s fairly pathetic when you see the report and what houses are on it.”

"There’s so limited,” she added, before referencing the Part V acquisitions aspect of the report which indicated five units are expected to be delivered in Quarter 4, 2022.

“We get no reason,”  said Cllr Codd-Nolan.

“We kind of know it's got something to do with the water supply for Enniscorthy but we’ve got no proper report on it as to why this is happening,” she added.

“As Cllr Murphy said we are all getting lots of phone calls about housing and it really is pathetic to hear people on the phone, and they are going to be homeless, and when you see the report in black and white it’s so few houses for this area.”

Cllr Codd-Nolan said something needs to be done to address the issue.

"I know people are out there in the private sector, private builders, with the cost of everything going up now everything is doubling and trebling in terms of cost but surely to God the council could look at Enniscorthy and build some nice, small developments or maybe 10 or 20 houses, even social and affordable housing,” she said.

“I really think it’s fairly drastic to be honest,” she added.

She then asked if there was any good news to deliver to people while also highlighting that “in five of six years time” there will a new university campus in Wexford and Enniscorthy is the ideal place for student accommodation.

"It’s an ideal place to bring students up and down to the college in Wexford and here we are with this and it’s pretty pathetic,” she said.

In response to the comments from the members the staff member from housing said: “The only way they can go single stage is if it’s not a problematic site because if you go by per stage, if you spend any money that is recoupable but if you go by single stage it’s not.”
”I am not sure if there are any in the pipeline for single stage but I can ask and get back to you on it,” said the housing sector staff member.


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