Tuesday 16 January 2018

Seven new housing units at old library

Conversion plan for St Mary's Road premises

The former Arklow Library, St Mary’s Road
The former Arklow Library, St Mary’s Road

Deborah Coleman

The former Arklow Library on St Mary's Road is to be converted into seven new social housing units.

A vote was passed by Wicklow County Council to make way for the project which will facilitate three one-bedroomed and four two bedroomed units.

Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Fitzgerald, said: 'I welcome the decision of the members of Wicklow County Council to approve planning for the conversion of the old library in Arklow into seven apartments for people on our housing list. This is a win-win situation for Arklow as it sees a beautiful period building restored, giving it new life and a home for seven lucky housing applicants.'

It is understood that the units are to be delivered in 2018.

The Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, Mr Bryan Doyle, said that the project originated in 2016 when the Minister for Housing, Planning Community and Local Government asked all Chief Executives to try to identify local authority property which could be converted into social housing.

'I want to pay tribute to our Housing Team who have worked so hard to design such wonderful units in this beautiful period building. Urban renewal and restoring vacant units to productive use is a key policy of the Council's Development Plan and future tenants will benefit from an excellent town centre location,' he said. Director of Housing, Mr Joe Lane, said that the project now moves to pre-tender stage.

My team has worked hard to deliver this scheme to date. We will work equally hard to ensure that the requisite approvals are promptly secured and aim to have the scheme delivered and occupied in 2018.'

Wicklow People

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