Councillor Joanna Byrne.
Drogheda Councillor Joanna Byrne (SF) has accused Louth County Council of dragging its feet on the provision of social housing and demanded an explanation as to why the only Council led project for social housing in Drogheda has stalled completely.
“Under the Rebuilding Ireland housing targets, the project for the second phase of Boice Court in Drogheda has for at least the last three years, been the only Council led project for delivering Social Housing in Drogheda” Cllr. Byrne said. “This project appears to have stalled completely.”
“Every other project is being delivered by Voluntary Housing Bodies such as North East Housing Association or Tuath Housing… this project in Boice Court was due to commence in Quarter 3 of 2018 with a timeframe of 15 months to deliver 69 badly needed houses.
“In October 2018, when commencement was to begin we were told it would be delayed until Quarter two of 2019 with an even longer timeframe to deliver the same 69 houses. It would now take two years. The explanation given at the time was a change in the Architect and the design team.”
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However, a further delay without any explanation to July 2021 has caused an angry Cllr Joanna Byrne to seek an explanation and assurances that there would be no further delays.
“There are 1,940 people on the housing list in Drogheda alone, this is the only project in which Louth County Council have committed to provide Social Housing in Drogheda, yet we have delay after delay” she said.
“It's time to stop dragging your feet” she told the Council, “people are crying out for homes and delays of this nature are unacceptable. The keys of these homes would have been handed out this month if the project had been delivered when promised.
“But the Council have yet to even turn a sod on the site. It really is a kick in the guts at this stage to those languishing on housing waiting lists."
The Director of Services for Housing, Paddy Donnelly, has assured Cllr Byrne he will look into this project and revert back with committed timeframes.