Bourke: Housing crisis must be addressed.

Councillor Sylvester Bourke is calling for a special debate in Wicklow County Council to discuss the worsening housing crisis in the county.

At this week’s housing committee meeting, members were told of the increasing numbers of people facing homelessness and the inability of the council to house them.

Currently the council only have four vacant houses in South Wicklow. Many people in the RAS scheme are also facing uncertainty as landlords are taking back properties for various reasons ranging from falling into receivership or just looking for higher rents which are available on the open market.

Bourke feels that our current housing policy is failing and that a complete reversal is needed.

“We need to start a house building programme again as there is a dire shortage of accommodation in the county,” he said.

“Wicklow’s case for government funding is unique in that there are no ghost estates or significant NAMA  houses to draw from in county Wicklow.”

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