Partnership between Wicklow County Council & Túath Housing Results in 32 New Homes
Thirty-two new homes in Newtownmountkennedy, purchased by Túath Housing in partnership with Wicklow County Council were officially opened today (Weds).
The opening was marked by the planting of a tree by the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr John Ryan
Glenbrook Heights is an excellent example of partnership in practise between Wicklow County Council and Túath Housing Association using Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) funding made available by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.
The purchase represented the largest approval from the 2015 CAS allocation both in terms of number of units delivered and level of funding provided. It also settled the Council’s Part V agreement for this prestige development.
Speaking at the opening, the Cathaoirleach, Cllr Ryan, said: “I am delighted to stand here today alongside Túath Housing who have worked tirelessly with my colleagues in Wicklow County Council to deliver 32 houses of a very high standard.”
Emphasising the importance of collaborative working to meet the ever increasing need for social housing throughout the country, Túath Spokesperson Bronagh D’Arcy, said the project would not have been possible without collaborative working between Wicklow County Council, the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Túath Housing and the developer, Dwyer Nolan.
“We have worked together to provide new homes within an area of significant housing need. I would like to give particular thanks to the Council and the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government for their support without which Túath would not have been able to deliver these homes. We were delighted to receive approval to purchase these properties and see 32 households off the housing waiting list and in their new home”, she added.
Wicklow County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr John Ryan said the fact that the need for social housing is at an all-time high in Wicklow and with the lack of suitable, good quality homes in the county means that projects like this are needed now more than ever.
He added: “I look forward to working with Túath Housing in the future to deliver more much need homes in Wicklow.”
Cllr Ryan said the fact that the need for social housing is at an all-time high in Wicklow and is continuing to increase with a housing waiting list of 3,818 applicants combined with the lack of suitable, good quality homes in the county means that projects like this are needed now more than ever.
The collaborative efforts of Túath, Wicklow County Council, Dwyer Nolan and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government led to the successful delivery of this high standard accommodation in October 2015.
Ms. D’Arcy said: “The bricks and mortar are now in place in Glenbrook but we believe that it is our tenants who create their own homes and help to develop the communities in which they live.”