€10.75m allocated for the maintenance programme
By Hayden Moore
JUST under €11 million has been assigned for the Council’s Accelerated Planned Maintenance Programme (APMP), that will go towards over a thousand social homes undergo some sort of work by the end of 2020.
Tallaght will receive the most attention for the Windows/Doors Programme, which falls under the APMP, with 430 homes to get complete refurbishments while 257 homes in Clondalkin, 55 homes in Templeogue/Terenure/ Rathfarnham and 27 homes in Lucan are set to get the same.
Following the monthly meeting of South Dublin County Council, a total of €10.75m has been allocated for the overall programme that contains four separate sub-programmes.
The Windows/Doors Replacement Programme is broken down into four categories; complete refurbishment, replacement of just the front and/or back windows, replacement of just the front and/or back door, and the painting of windows and doors – with the programme budgeted €8.5m.
396 units in total will get replacement windows and 228 are set to have replacement doors installed while 1,171 will have windows/doors painted.
Aside from that, €750k was designated specifically for the Painting Programme that will see Windows and Doors, Communal Areas and Older Person’s Developments get a much-needed lick of paint.
Also, in light of the Councils plan to deliver 69 homes and a community centre in Balgaddy, the already existing 448 homes in the Balgaddy area, in Lucan, are set to receive further works on top of the aforementioned programmes.
€500k has been labelled for the replacement of utility and letter boxes, roofing works, communal locks and alarms, and the resolution of heating, ventilation and insulation issues – which comes in response to comprehensive inspections and surveys carried out in Ballgaddy by the Council.
Mayor Mark Ward spoke of his delight to see the works in Balgaddy carried out in tandem with the construction of the new estate, saying: “This is nothing less than the people of Balgaddy deserve after years of neglect.
“We are in the midst of the biggest housing crisis in the history of the state and these homes are welcome but it was important to meet the needs of the existing communities with the new community. I think this plan has managed that balance.”
Another €1m has been set aside to carry out general safety works across the county after the Council previously fitted smoke/heat monitors, carbon monoxide monitors and window restrictors in properties in 2009, with 10-year self-contained batteries.