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Kinsale Social Housing Scheme To Go Ahead

Kinsale Social Housing Scheme Set To Go Ahead

With Kinsale making the headlines for all the wrong reasons in relation to the lack of availability of homes, particularly social housing, the announcement on Monday that the 40 home scheme, under the guidance of Clúid, is set to go ahead, is welcome news.

Breaking the news exclusively to The Carrigdhoun Newspaper, a spokesperson for the award-winning not-for-profit charity, said: “Clúid are in the final stages of approval for the development of 40 Social Houses in Radharc an tSáile Kinsale, the Public Procurement Process is complete and subject to completing some final checks an appointment should be made by the end of this month.”

The scheme, which has been at least ten years in the pipeline, in different guises, will include two, three and four bedroom homes.

Like many towns in the country, Kinsale has a significant number of applicants on the local authority’s waiting list, with rents continuing to spiral out of control in the town. Monday’s developments will at least spell the end of a nightmare for some of the town’s hard pressed residents.

Cllr Kevin Murphy, who called Clúid’s announcement long overdue, said: “The news is extremely welcome for the town and for those on the housing list, but we do realise we have a job of work ahead of us to tackle this issue.”

Cllr Murphy also welcomed the news that the local authority is currently working on a number of properties in the town to bring them into its housing stock and provide some comfort for those hard pressed citizens of Kinsale.

Also commenting on the news, Cllr Gillian Coughlan said: “The commencement of the Clúid development in Kinsale is very welcome. The town of Kinsale is experiencing a severe shortage in housing. Competing demands from families, single professionals, retirees, lifestyle investors, students and tourists have driven prices to levels to rival Dublin. This has priced the local authority out of the market. We now have situations in Kinsale where there are up to four generations living in the same house in extremely cramped conditions. Landlords are selling to take advantage of the buoyant market and because rents are at a premium, many landlords are not accepting the HAP subsidy. Single and elderly people on the Local Authority Housing List are particularly vulnerable. The sooner that the Clúid development is completed and Kinsale people are provided with homes, the better. I have urged Cork County Council to plan the next phase of development on the site in Commogue as there is no doubt that demand will outstrip supply with a huge backlog of applicants waiting for houses.”

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