Proposed council housing programme a small first step- Cllr Ó Broin
Speaking in advance of the South Dublin County Council monthly meeting Clondalkin Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has described the proposed new build social housing strategy as a ‘small first step in addressing the Councils housing crisis’. However Ó Broin said ‘a far greater level of house construction will be required if we are to genuinely meet peoples housing needs.’
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘The Council currently has funding to build 15 new council houses this year. We also have funding proposals in with the Department of Environment for a further 57 units.
‘Todays monthly council meeting will consider a draft social housing new build programme which if passed could see a further 373 units provided across the County in the coming years
‘Todays proposal is a small first step in tackling the Councils housing crisis. However a far greater level of house construction will be required if we are to genuinely meet peoples housing needs.
‘With more than 8,000 families on our waiting lists and new families presenting as homeless every week South Dublin County Council needs thousands of new council homes.
‘We need to be more ambitious in bringing forward proposals to planning stage so that when central Government releases the much promised funding we can get the projects up and running as quickly as possible
‘It is also important that the Council engage with local communities on any of the proposed sites prior to the application for planning permission.
‘Sinn Féin will also consult with local communities so that when taking any decisions on the location of future council housing we are doing so in the full knowledge of the views of the local community. ENDS