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Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has described the delay in social housing delivery in Clondalkin as totally ‘unacceptable’.
His comments were made after it was revealed that seven months after Councillors passed planning permission for a rapid build social housing development in St Cuthberts Park the tender documents haven’t even been published yet.
The Council has confirmed to Deputy Ó Broin that the earliest date contractors will be on site is a full year after planning permission was granted.
Deputy Ó Broin said: “The housing and homeless crisis is getting worse. Every day new families are presenting to the Council having been served with vacant possession notices to quit. “The latest figures from the Department of Housing confirm what we all know, namely that the Government is not doing enough to stop the flow of families into homelessness nor delivering homes quick enough to get people out of emergency accommodation. “In February, Councillors passed planning permission for 61 rapid build family homes in St Cuthberts Park, Clondalkin. The development was modified following extensive consultation by Sinn Féin with the local community.
“Yet seven months on and the Council has not yet published the tender documents. This means that no contract has yet to be awarded, no start date has been agreed for construction and crucially no date for tenanting has been agreed.
“In a reply from the Council’s Housing Department I have been informed that they hope the agreed contractor will be on site during the first three months of 2018. This means that a full year will have passed from the point where planning permission was granted to when construction starts.This is totally unacceptable.
“It is not clear whether this unacceptable delay is the fault of the South Dublin County Council or the Department of Housing. What is clear, however, is that homeless families, families at risk of homeless and those languishing on the housing list are loosing out because of unnecessary delays and bureaucratic red tape.
“Today I have written to both the head of housing delivery in the Department of Housing and to Council CEO Danny McLoughlin requesting an explanation as to why it is taking so long to deliver these homes.
“I have also written to the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy urging him to take action to speed up this process so that homes can be provided for the families that so desperately need them.”