Muireann Dalton the Sinn Féin representative for Wicklow town and local election candidate has welcomed the start of work on the long awaited 51 new social houses at the Convent Lands in Wicklow town. She did however raise serious concerns regarding the 18 month delay in commencing the scheme.
Speaking after meeting with the developers of the new 51 social units in Wicklow Town Muireann Dalton said “I welcome the commencement of the long awaited new social units in Wicklow Town. The developer only started work on the project this week, this is despite the fact that approval was given over 18 months ago by Wicklow County Council for the project.”
“When complete here will be 19 one-bed units, 22 two-bed units and ten three-bed units. The new estate will have two access points, one from Crinion Park and the other from Broadlough estate. The estate is being constructed by Public Private Partnership and a different body will manage and maintain the estate for 25 years, after which Wicklow County Council will take it over.”
Dalton continued “It’s estimated that it will take about 12 months to construct and when completed will help address the serious housing crisis.”
Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady said “The start of the 51 houses in Wicklow Town is to be welcomed, however again we see the cumbersome process that’s in place slow down the start of work on these badly needed units. The Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy needs to immediately address the planning process that’s in place to ensure that badly needed projects such as this one in Wicklow town can progress much quicker.
Brady concluded “We need more social and affordable housing, but the red tape must be cut so as to ensure they can be delivered more swiftly, ultimately we need less talk and more action from the Department and the Minister.”