Saturday 21 September 2019

Housing cut backs affecting services

Cllr Davy Hynes
Cllr Davy Hynes

CUTBACKS to funding for housing maintenance and repairs in the county are resulting in residents having to live in homes which are falling apart before their eyes.

This is according to Cllr Davy Hynes who said he has visited Wexford County Council tenants who have crumbling kitchens.

'I had several people come to me. People who have had the same kitchen units for decades and they are actually falling to pieces,' Cllr Hynes said, adding that there is confusion among tenants about what is covered under their tenancy agreement.

Executive housing officer Liz Hore said Wexford County Council has doubled its housnig stock and taken on a number of older properties in the process since all councils were merged last year. She said the focus has been on improving homes occupied by disabled people and on emergency works.

'We are working within our resources. Since June we have a better handle on it and we are reviewing what we can do.'

Ms Hore said that council tenants can consult the tenancy handbook they received when they took up residence in the house, adding that this is being reviewed.

'Some of the expectations of tenants are unrealistic. We will carry out absolutely essential repairs.'

She said Wexford County Council has 18 units which will be occupied later this year.

'We are also reviewing a number of NAMA properties and we're in negotiations with housing agencies on other properties.'

Wexford People

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