Tuesday 17 July 2018

Calling for action on derelict houses

By Maria Pepper

A Wexford councillor has criticised a lack of action on a number of derelict houses which have been lying empty and neglected in the town for years.

Cllr. David Hynes has asked why compulsory purchase orders hadve not been issued in relation to houses in Peter Street, Bride Street and Devereux Villas despite numerous complaints from councillors over the years.

'There are derelict houses lying there year after year. Why can't we have a date on when they will be take over,' he asked.

Director of Services Tony Larkin said the the compulsory purchase process is complicated. The Council had discussions with the owner of a property in Bride Street and a CPO is expected to be issued within the next few weeks.

Mr. Larkin said if it is not bought with the owner's agreement it will be compulsorily purchased within a month. 'A number of houses have been identified and are being progressed to CPO', he said.

Cllr. Hynes asked if there are funds available to renovate the Bride Street house once it comes into the ownership of the Council.

The Director of Services said there will be a funding issue and added that he will arrange for a report at the next meeting.

Wexford People

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