Social housing sites are back on track

By Maurice Garvey

A NUMBER of social housing sites in South Dublin County are back on track following the decision by the Department of Housing to resume essential work activities for some 1,000 units nationwide.

The green light allowed the recommencement of construction at projects in Clondalkin, Citywest and Newcastle, which altogether, are set to deliver 106 homes.

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One of the sites in Milford Manor

The department asked local authorities in recent weeks to identify a number of schemes which were near completion, or substantially complete, with minor snagging or other works to be completed.

A council spokesperson told The Echo: “The three contractors recommenced work on site on April 20.


They have confirmed that arrangements/protocols are in place to ensure that works are in accordance with Government and HSE guidelines in the control of Covid-19 and have supplied the council with a summary of how the public health guidelines are being met.”

Mark Ward TD welcomed the return of construction works at the Cooleven site beside Milford Manor, in Clondalkin.

“Cooleven is nearly done, but it is good to get them back up and running. There are some 81/83 houses there and two weeks ago, the CBL (Choice Based Letting) system was offering places in Cooleven to people,” said Deputy Ward.

Certain criteria had to be met, before social housing developments could recommence, including housing schemes that can be completed and be available for allocation/occupation within six weeks of recommencement.

Another was that the contractor employed by the local authority has certified they can undertake the works in accordance with HSE and Government guidelines, and that the completion of sites are necessary to alleviate homelessness, overcrowding, numbers in emergency or temporary accommodation/transfers from HAP etc.

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