Council houses in Taghmon of little use to people in Gorey 31/07/17 : the chronicle.ie

Council houses in Taghmon of little use to people in Gorey 31/07/17

| July 31, 2017

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Council houses being built in Taghmon, while welcome, were of little use to people on the waiting list in Gorey and throughout North Wexford, Cllr. Malcolm Byrne told a meeting of the Gorey Municipal District Council.

Once again the problem of growing waiting lists for houses in North Wexford was raised as a priority issue by local councillors with news that a  scheme which had been due to go ahead had been delayed because the Department of the Environment had rejected the tenders received for the work saying they were too expensive.

But several councillors including Malcolm Byrne, John Hegarty and Joe Sullivan pointed out that housing costs were increasing and houses were also more expensive in North Wexford.

Cllr Sullivan said that recently for the first time rents in Gorey had exceeded those being paid in nearby Arklow.

And on the rejection of the tender for the latest scheme councillors slammed the Department saying that construction costs were increasing all the time with the result that the new tenders would likely be higher than those which had been received in the first round.

Councillors agreed that Housing Minister Eoin Murphy should be asked to meet a deputation from the District Council to discuss the housing crisis in North Wexford.

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