A BLOCK of four houses in Ballinacurra Weston have been demolished as part of the Limerick regeneration programme.
The houses, which are located at Clarina Avenue were knocked by O’Kelly demolition on behalf of Limerick City Council, which took over responsibility for the regeneration programme in June.
As part of the demolition contract, the site where the houses were located near Childers Road must be levelled and landscaped by the contractor.
Three of the four houses have been vacant for some time and less than two months ago the fourth was badly damaged when it was set alight by thieves who broke in and stole copper piping from the house.
As reported by the Limerick Leader at the time, the elderly woman who lived in the house was in hospital when the thieves broke in but she has since been rehoused elsewhere in the city by the local authority.
Cllr Jim Long, who has repeatedly called for a demolition programme to be rolled out in Ballinacurra Weston said he was delighted to see the bulldozers move in on Monday morning.
“It is good news because these houses were attracting antisocial behaviour and they were a health and safety risk,” he said adding that he had threatened to withdraw his co-operation from City Hall if progress was not made.
“The fact that these four houses have been knocked shows that despite the local government reforms (announced yesterday) democracy still works when public representatives are willing to stand up for things they believe in,” said the former Mayor.
Cllr Long said he has been informed by the director of regeneration, Oliver O’Louglin, that a further 12 houses are to be demolished in Ballinacurra Weston before the end of the year.
There will be over a dozen burnt out houses within a stone’s throw of the block being demolished by year’s end.
It is believed that the houses which will be demolished have been identified and that contractors will be appointed in the coming weeks to carry out the works.