CONTRACTORS are busily putting the finishing touches to a brand new housing development which hopes to see 67 names removed from the local authority housing list in the coming months.
Páirc an Aird in Coolcotts is a development of 67 units, consisting of 25 two-storey, three-bed houses; 4 four-bed, three-storey houses; 7 two-bed, two-storey houses; 6 two-bed bungalows; 21 two-bed apartments and 4 one-bed apartments. Built by local construction company Bawn Developments, the development will be managed by approved housing body Clúid Housing Association and will house tenants assigned from Wexford County Council’s housing list.
Having visited the development, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council George Lawlor says that he expects all units to be occupied by mid October.
"Obviously this development is very much welcome in the heartland of Wexford town,” he said. “We also have units coming on stream on Whiterock Hill in the near future. Developments of this nature have a very positive impact on our housing list and they also free up other houses in the private rental market too.”
Cllr Lawlor was impressed with the standard of the houses in Páirc an Aird, noting that they are ultra energy efficient A2 rated homes, which will “also have the impact of bringing people out of fuel poverty”.
Having described the housing situation in Wexford as “utterly hopeless” in recent weeks, Cllr Lawlor feels that much more is required to keep our heads above water in the current crisis.
"Páirc an Aird is positive news and should be welcomed,” he said. “But equally, we need much, much more to make a serious dent in this very real housing crisis in Wexford. There are around three and a half thousand people on our housing list at the moment in Co Wexford. Under ‘Housing for All’ the target is to provide 1,100 housing units. I think that speaks volumes about the ambition of the plan. We need to up our output of housing if we’re going to make a serious dent in this housing crisis. Not only is there a crisis in social housing, but also for people who want to buy and rent privately.”