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Thursday, 10th January 2019

Plan to use former halting site for affordable housing

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The closed up entrance to the vacant halting site on the Cement Road, Councillor Paul Bell has suggestd thatthe Council builds 25-30 affordable homes there.

Louth County Council is to consider using the now vacant halting site on the Cement Road for much needed social and affordable housing.

The suggestion was made by way of a motion to the January meeting of the Borough district of Drogheda by Councillor Paul Bell who pointed out that the site is well serviced and could be considered “shovel-ready.”

He reckoned that the site could support 25-30 housing units and added that the residents of the area would welcome such a development.

Seconding the motion, Councillor Joanna Byrne said that the Council should be grasping such shovel-ready sites for housing with both hands.

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Councillor Oliver Tully sounded a note of caution however, he pointed out that the money came from the government for the provision of a halting site for Travellers and asked whether it would actually be lawful for anything else to be constructed.

Mayor Frank Godfrey said that it would be great if a housing scheme could be built on the site. “The area does need a lift after all the criminal activity that has been going on there” he said.

Louth County Council Senior Executive Officer Paddy Donnelly said that although the area had been used as a halting site it would be remiss of the Council not to seek ways to get better value from the site.

He told the meeting that the current Traveller accommodation plan did not indicate any extra requirement in Drogheda so the site could possibly be available for housing.

Councillor Bell asked that the matter be looked into as a matter of urgency.

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