Cllr Joanna Byrne: Turnaround of Vacant Properties must be a priority

Speaking at Louth County Council’s July meeting, Sinn Féin Councillor and Chairperson of the Housing Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) Joanna Byrne raised the issue of an increase yet again in the number of Vacant Properties in the County,

Cllr Byrne said “This month sees yet another increase in the number of vacant properties the council is in possession of, with additional houses in both un-tenanted & un-occupied requiring major and minor works in refurbishing. It must become a priority for the local authority to get these up to allocation standard, considering the housing shortage in this county. What is the delay in turning these around, is it money or manpower?”

Director of Services, Joe McGuinness, agreed with Cllr Byrne that there was an increase with the percentage of Stock Vacant going from the usual 0.27% to 2.44% and it is an issue that he and his team are currently focusing on. A surge in abandoned properties and the amount of properties acquired through the CPO process coming into fruition have contributed to the increase.

Speaking afterwards Cllr Byrne said: “No amount of vacant properties is acceptable to me, let alone 83 of them. That’s 83 families that could be taken out of emergency accommodation or off the housing waiting list and given their forever home. Louth County Council need to now focus on turning these vacant properties around and making them a priority for allocation. I will be monitoring this issue very closely and will keep pressing the officials until I see them all completed and allocated.”

 

Louth Sinn Féin Ask for Public Help to Identify Vacant Houses

With the housing crisis in County Louth at critical point Sinn Féin have launched a new campaign targeting vacant and abandoned homes and are asking the public to get involved.

Dundalk Councillor Kevin Meenan said “There are over 1,100 families on the housing list in the Dundalk area alone as at the end of December with another 704 on the transfer list. It is heart breaking to have vacant or abandoned properties lying idle while there are families in need of a home.”

“What we are asking the public to do is if you know of a vacant/abandoned property in your area or community, please let us know and we can pass the information onto the relevant department in Louth County Council. The Council can attempt to take possession of the property through a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and hopefully it will become a home for one of these families.”

“The area will also benefit as vacant/abandoned properties can detract from a community. They can give a ‘run-down’ look to an area and attract vermin or anti-social elements.”

If you know of a vacant/abandoned property in your area please email the full address to:

LouthVacantProperties@gmail.com

Cllrs Joanna Byrne and Pearse McGeough will be leading the same campaign in Drogheda and Mid-Louth respectively

Louth Sinn Féin ask For Public Help to Identify Vacant Houses

Pearse with umbrellaWith the housing crisis in County Louth at critical point Sinn Féin have launched a new campaign targeting vacant and abandoned homes and are asking the public to get involved.

Mid-Louth Councillor Pearse McGeough said “There are 537 families on the housing list in the mid-Louth area as at the end of December with another 94 on the transfer list. It is unacceptable to have vacant or abandoned properties lying idle while there are families in need of a home.”

“What I am asking the public to do is if you know of a vacant/abandoned property, please let me know and I can pass the information onto the relevant department in Louth County Council. The Council can try and take possession of the property through Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and hopefully it will become a family home.”

“The area will also benefit as vacant/abandoned properties can detract from an otherwise nice street or community. They can give a ‘run-down’ look to an area and attract vermin or anti-social elements.”

If you know of a vacant/abandoned property in your area please email the full address to:

LouthVacantProperties@gmail.com

Cllrs Joanna Byrne and Kevin Meenan will be leading the same campaign in Drogheda and Dundalk respectively.

Louth Sinn Féin ask For Public Help to Identify Vacant Houses

joanna-byrne-1With the housing crisis in County Louth at critical point Sinn Féin have launched a new campaign targeting vacant and abandoned homes and are asking the public to get involved.

Drogheda Councillor Joanna Byrne said “There are over 1,050 families on the housing list in Drogheda as of the end of December with another 435 on the transfer list. It is woeful to see vacant or boarded up properties lying idle while there are families in need of a home.”

“What I am asking is that if there is a vacant/abandoned property in your community, please let us know and we can pass all that information onto the relevant department in Louth County Council. The Council can try and take possession of the property through Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and hopefully it will become a family home.”

“The area will also benefit as vacant/abandoned properties can detract from an otherwise nice street or community. They can give a ‘run-down’ look to an area and attract vermin or anti-social elements.”

If you know of a vacant/abandoned property in your area please email the full address to:

LouthVacantProperties@gmail.com

Cllrs Pearse McGeough and Kevin Meenan will be leading the same campaign in Mid-Louth and Dundalk respectively.