Wednesday, December 08, 2021

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien has approved 13 new posts for Kildare Co Council’s housing delivery teams, which will assist in delivering their social housing targets.

The figure is one of the highest in the country and is divided into 10 technical and three administrative posts.

Kildare’s Senator Fiona O’Loughlin noted that Housing for All (the government’s housing plan to 2030) “commits to strengthening the capacity of local authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects, and this increase in personnel is a key aspect of that.”

She added: “With the approval of these new posts, Government are supporting local authorities to ensure that they have the capacity to deliver the scale of social housing required to tackle our housing crisis.

“I am delighted that Minister O’Brien has listened to my calls and has given us the second highest allocation in the country. However, I have also communicated the infrastructural issues we face in south Kildare, from a lack of school places to the absolute need for a second bridge in Newbridge – and we also need to see issues like that addressed.”

The news comes as plans are afoot in Athy for a residential development of 73 social housing units.

As reported by the Kildare Nationalist recently, notice has been given by the council of a proposed development at Fortbarrington Road, Ardrew, Athy. It would feature 54 houses (50 two storey homes and four bungalows, comprising four 1-beds, 24 2-beds, 20 3-beds and six 4-beds) alongside 18 triplex apartments (three storey comprised of 18 1-beds) and one 2-bed duplex apartment.

Senator Mark Wall described it as an exciting project on a piece of land the council has owned “for a long period of time” and said it’s important “that they are looking at 1 and 2 bed homes, given the need to accommodate those with such a need.”

By Conor Forrest
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