Sinn Féin to continue council pickets until Part V obligations are met
South Dublin Sinn Féin representative Shaun Tracey has said there can be no more excuses from Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council for failing to provide urgently needed social housing for its citizens. Speaking prior to a Sinn Féin protest at Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown Council offices today Mr. Tracey said Sinn Féin will continue to picket council meetings until the council meets its obligations under Part V of the Planning and Development Act.
He said, "DL/RD County Council are the worst council in the state for providing social housing with 3,519 households now on the waiting list while at the same time huge housing developments are being built throughout the borough.
"Under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 developers are required to provide 20% of all housing developments for social and affordable housing or, under an amendment to the Act in 2002, a sum of money or plot of land of equivalent value. However DL/RD claims that they are being out-priced by developers for land and this is the reason for the lack of social housing.
"This does not add up. It is up to the local authority to decide if they want land, money or houses from developers under Part V. Therefore they could legitimately claim a substantial amount of land from builders given the amount of development going on throughout the borough. However, it would be Sinn Féin's preference if they just ensured that the urgently needed housing was provided directly by the developer.
"The council has taken cash to the tune of nearly €3.5million from developers under Part V yet the social housing situation continues to get worse. There are 3,519 houses urgently needed in the borough and there can be no more excuses from this council for not providing them. Sinn Féin will continue to picket council offices until the council meets its obligations under Part V of the Planning and Development Act." ENDS