Updates from Athy Area June 2013

Re-letting Vacant Houses – Athy Area
The committee considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall:
That the council confirm the progress on re-letting vacant houses in the Athy area as previously discussed either through caretaker agreements or in co-operation with voluntary housing associations.
The administrator read a report from the housing department, dated 13 June 2013, stating that the council was working closely with a voluntary housing body on progressing units where it was economically viable. The units would be made available to qualified persons on the social housing list under the terms of the Social Housing Leasing Initiative. Negotiations were ongoing in respect of the specific terms of the agreement with approval from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and members would be advised in due course when the agreement has been signed. A lengthy discussion took place whereby members raised a number of concerns in relation to houses being vacated and left unoccupied for long periods of time, causing considerable damage to the houses and encouraging anti social behaviour. Councillor Wall requested that the town manager discuss the matter with the director of services, and a representative from the housing department attend the next meeting of the committee. It was also agreed that this item be forwarded to the Housing SPC for consideration.
Resolved: that a representative from the housing department attend the July meeting.

Lease of Land – Kilcullen GAA Club
The committee considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall:
That the council confirm the up-to-date position with the possible lease of council lands to Kilcullen GAA Club as previously discussed.
The administrator read a report from the senior executive parks superintendent, dated 13 June 2013, stating that the boundary of the lease area was being finalised in conjunction with the transportation section. This would be completed in the next 2 weeks.
The report was noted.

AY12/1306
Energy Efficient Retro-Fitting – Local Authority Homes
The committee considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Wall:
That the council confirm the up-to-date position with their local authority housing stock following the announcement recently by the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government of a new programme of energy efficiency retro-fitting for local authority homes.
The administrator read a report from the housing department, dated 13 June 2013, stating that the council received an allocation of €264,528 for Energy Efficiency works under the Social Housing Investment Programme 2013. This funding was being used for outstanding commitments from 2012 and the targeting of older houses which lack adequate insulation and draught proofing, primarily where older persons are accommodated. While the Minister for Planning and Housing has recently announced a €50 million three-year energy efficiency programme, the council has not received any further details in respect of the terms and conditions of any forthcoming allocation. The members requested that the housing department investigate what level of funding would be available to them from the €50 million, and that it was vital that Kildare County Council have made submissions in relation to this.
Resolved: that members be kept informed of progress.

About Mark Wall

Member of Kildare County Council
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