Council commits to fix Balgaddy homes

by Padraig Conlon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]There may be light at the end of the tunnel for Balgaddy residents after South Dublin County Council gave a commitment to address serious long standing problems.

At the recent meeting of the Clondalkin Area Committee plans were outlined to transfer tenants whose homes are subject to exceptional maintenance issues to alternative accommodation.

The homes will then be thoroughly assessed and necessary remedial action will be taken to return these homes to appropriate standard.

The area will also be prioritised for planned housing maintenance programmes in 2019 and general maintenance response issues cited by residents will be reviewed and addressed.

For over a decade some of Balgaddy’s residents have lived in horrendous conditions.

When Gama Construction finished the development in 2007 the estate won architectural awards and was labelled the future of social housing.

Almost immediately however residents started complaining of damp, structural cracks inside and outside the houses, faulty heating systems and leaks from badly constructed roofs.

Since then numerous campaigns to sort these issues have run aground and Cllr Francis Timmons (IND) now hopes SDCC honour the commitments made at the area meeting.

“Some residents in Balgaddy are facing into another Christmas of unacceptable living conditions,” he told Dublin Gazette.

“These include structural issues and overcrowded living conditions, and continuing anti-social behaviour which is making life miserable for many families living there.’

“At Octobers Clondalkin Area Meeting elected members voted to defer the Proposed Pre-Part 8 Proposal for Social Housing Development at Balgaddy until the November area meeting.

“I proposed an urgent meeting be held to look at the Balgaddy area.

“This meeting has been held and I have received written commitments from SDCC in regards to Balgaddy made at the meeting’’

Cllr Timmons said Balgaddy’s issues must be addressed prior to building more housing.

“It would be utterly irresponsible and a slap in the face for residents living in the area if these issues are not dealt with prior to bringing an additional 78 families into the area,” he said.

“I have never voted against housing in SDCC but the issues in this case are too much to be ignored.

“I certainly do not want to delay housing so I am calling on SDCC to address the issues for all residents already living there and for all future residents.”

Cllr Ruth Nolan (IND 4CH) said she is “over the moon” to hear residents effected by structural issues will be provided with alternative accommodation while remedial work is carried out.

“I’m delighted that my suggestion from a few years ago to relocate the residents has been taken on board,” she said.

“Over the years the council have been just patching the houses up with the residents still in them.

“The residents of Balgaddy more than deserve to be rehoused, enough is enough.

“Hopefully now there is light at the end of the tunnel for them.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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