Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough is seeking clarification from Louth County Council on their procedures to ensure standards have been met when purchasing social housing homes from Developers under Part 5 of the Planning Act.
The issue arose when Cllr McGeough was asked to visit a constituent who was living in one such house.
Cllr McGeough said “what I seen was appalling. The ceiling was damp and there was even damp running down the windows and there was mould. Now, this house isn’t very old and was purchased under Part 5 of the Planning Act which basically means the Council bought it from a Developer for social housing. I want to know what the procedure is when purchasing such a house. Is there a snag list as would be normal within a certain timeframe? Was there an inspection carried out before purchase as would also be the norm?”
Cllr McGeough said “we need social housing very badly in this county but when tax payers money is being used to purchase these homes then we must ensure there is value for money and we are not being left with sub-standard housing. In this particular case, there are children living in the house. Living in these conditions will inevitably lead to health problems.”