Residents of Rockville Drive in Glenamuck have told Labour councillor for the area, Lettie McCarthy they are irritated at the sight of a boarded up home in the housing estate during a housing emergency.
Cllr McCarthy says “she completely understands the frustrations of residents seeing houses boarded up in the middle of a housing crisis.
“I have had 4/5 families in the area contact me over this house, expressing their interest.
“It sends a very negative message to all of us when we see houses boarded up while people are sleeping in tents and it simply is not good enough,” she said.
Green Party councillor Deirdre Ni Fhloinn said the council housing department “has informed me that the vacant unit will be refurbished and brought back into use,” although no time frame has yet been given.
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Since then however, no progress with the construction has been made with wooden panelling erected to cordon off the site recently being damaged.
Cllr McCarthy said she is “very disappointed how Dlr are managing their site which got approval last June to build social housing in the same estate.
“Residents, who take great pride in their area deserve more respect and I am calling on the Housing Department to immediately address these two issues.”
At the June meeting, elected representatives voted in favour of the development which will consist of two storey dwellings with seven two-bed houses and six three-bed houses.
Cllr Ni Fhloinn said at the time that residents of Rockville Drive were concerned with various aspects of the development and these concerns were addressed in the revised plans.
“Submissions were made to me and to other Councillors in relation to various aspects of the scheme, citing concerns including existing traffic speeds on the adjoining road and the amount of green space in the new development,” she said.
“The site had been used for recreation for some years by local residents.
“A motion from the ward Councillors for a significant addition to the green space for public use was also approved,” she said.
The amount of recreational land in the plans was increased from 13.5% to 20%.