Vacant houses must become Family Homes 

Speaking following his motion to the Athy area Committee on Vacant Council Homes , Cllr Mark Wall welcomed the news that Kildare County Council have increased their budget to turn around these potential homes in quicker timeframes.
In response to Cllr Walls calls , KCC confirmed that they were not happy with the turnaround times but a combination of funding , lack of staff and contractors removing themselves from the council framework has lead to delays 
The Council have in response to the unacceptable delays , advertised for new contractors and are finalising this list. They are putting together new framework tender documents that will allow quicker turnaround times and have already invited pre-qualified contractors to tender for existing work . Applications have also being made to central government for additional staff and funding.
Cllr Wall added ” I’m aware of over 20 vacant properties in the Athy area that can and should become family homes urgently . In the crisis we have at the moment , allowing council homes to remain unoccupied for in some cases, periods of over 1 year is totally unacceptable. I welcome the news today on funding and the changes in the long winded documentation but I’ll be highlighting this issue at every opportunity .As I’ve said before there is no one solution to the housing crisis but the Authorities inability to turn around family homes in a reasonable time frame should not contribute to this crisis. 

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Start your own Business ? 

In association with Kildare Local Enterprise Office – May be of great help to someone you know ! 

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Community spirit alive and well 

Delighted to attend two fun days in Athy and Ballyroe. Well done to the Residents of Dunbrinn and Ballyroe. Community spirit at its best!

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Canvass Kilberry and Kildangan 

Out in Kilberry and Kildangan this evening , our office is open from 9.30 in Athy in the morning , if we can help you 

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Oral hearing concludes Day 1

The first day of the oral hearing into the Athy Distributor Road has concluded in the Clanard Court Hotel . Kildare County Council have concluded their evidence and those marking objections and observations have begun their evidence . The hearing will continue in the Clanard Court Hotel in the morning from 9.30 am. 

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July update on Athy Distributor Road 

I attach , letter’s I have received following my recent submission to An Bord pleanala in relation to the above much needed road. The oral hearing regarding planning for this road ,will commence tomorrow at 10am in the clanard Court Athy. I will keep you informed of any and all progress and issues in relation to same – Mark .

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Graveyard extension approved for Churchtown Athy 

I am delighted to report that following unanimous support at our Council meeting today , planning approval for the new extension to Churchtown Graveyard has received the go ahead. This positive news will include the extension , new car park for School/Graveyard and new footpath to Community Play school, along with new tree planting and associated works.I would like to thank Kildare County Council for their support with this project and all those involved in getting this good news today . Tenders will be sent out shortly for the work. The Council confirming that they will work with the local community on ensuring that this project is achieved as quickly as possible and that they will work with the Community on its delivery . Mark .

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