Serious concerns about new housing PPP plans
Sinn Féin has serious concerns about Dublin City Council's new Public Private Partnership housing proposals. The proposals are to be debated at tonight's Dublin City Council meeting.
Cllr. Daithí Doolan, chairperson of Dublin City Council's housing committee said:
"Dublin city is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. The seeds of this crisis were sown many years ago. A major contributing factor was the disastrous policy of public private partnerships. This policy left scars that run deep across Dublin. O'Devaney Gardens and St. Michaels Estate are prime examples of this. These policies have proven to be a failure and should not be brought back to life.
"The new proposals see sites across Dublin, Wickow, Louth and Kildare being developed and managed by private developers while local authorities foot the bill. The Government claim that the PPPs will keep the funding off balance sheet. The Minister for Housing continues to inform us that funding for social housing is not the issue. Then the minister should release this funding and avoid bank rolling private developers.
"This proposal places Dublin City Council at the center of the process, removing the other local authorities from the decision making. This will only serve to further undermine local government.
"The management of the housing developments will also be the responsibility of the private developers. Local authorities have the experience of estate management, private developers do not. Management of social housing us more than emptying bins. The proposal also fails to outline the overall cost to local authorities. There is no detail on the so called 'value for money' clause. Councillors are being asked to make a decision with out the full facts and costs.
"We are calling on the management to withdraw the proposal. Come back with all the facts and figures and then we will consider it."
For further comment call
Cllr. Daithí Doolan 0863888152