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5 Year wait for window replacement totally unacceptable – Ó Broin

28 February, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West has said that the “five year wait for window replacement in Council properties is totally unacceptable’. Deputy Ó Broin’s comments come after Council chiefs confirm that 775 houses are on the scheme waiting list and many will be waiting “up to five years”.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“South Dublin County Council has over 9,000 council houses. Many of these are over 30 years old and still have the original wooden window frames and doors. In some cases the frames are literally rotting away.

“The Council has run a window replacement scheme for the last number of years. Tenants apply for an inspection and if the windows are graded 5 they go on a waiting list.

“In recent years, the length of time a family is waiting for replacement has increased from 2 years up to 5 years. This is due to a significant increase in the number of inspections without any corresponding increase in funding.

“Since 2012, a total of 580 houses have had their windows replaced with 90 in 2016 and 134 in 2015.

“There are now 775 families on the waiting list. There are many more who have not been inspected but whose windows also need replaced.

“The Council has confirmed to me in writing that they are currently replacing windows inspected and graded in 2012. This is totally unacceptable.

“A number of years ago, Sinn Féin secured additional funding for the window replacement programme. However, there is a need to urgently review the allocation to this programme and to increase it for 2018. 

“The impact of old windows on people’s health and the cost and energy efficiency of the home is enormous. The Council must do more to reduce the length of time people are waiting for their windows to be replaces.” ENDS

Note: Attached is letter from Council confirming 5 year wait for window replacement. 

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