Scheme needed to ‘upgrade’ existing Regneration houses

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

THOSE houses not scheduled for demolition in Regeneration areas require “upgrading” to bring them to an acceptable standard, a local councillor has said.

THOSE houses not scheduled for demolition in Regeneration areas require “upgrading” to bring them to an acceptable standard, a local councillor has said.

Labour councillor Joe Leddin has called on Limerick City Council - who have taken the Regeneration Agencies under their purview ahead of the amalgamation of the local authorities - to allocate funding to help those remaining in Regeneration areas carry out improvement works.

Cllr Leddin suggested that the council should work with agencies such as Sustainable Energy Ireland to establish a new scheme “to allocate funding specifically for the upgrading of houses both private and publicly owned within Regeneration areas that are not scheduled for demolition”.

“With the new redevelopment plans now being published for each housing estate showing clearly which houses will be retained, we cannot simply ignore existing housing stock where there are tenants and home owners,” he said.

“While many families decided for personal reasons to relocate and transfer out of Regeneration areas, other tenants and home owners have chosen to remain and I believe that they should be helped in regard to carrying out home improvement works,” he added.

Cllr Leddin noted that despite City Council completing a successful insulation programme, there are “still many homes without central heating, or adequate insulation”.

“By bringing a number of agencies together we could establish a new scheme that would help enormously in upgrading houses within designated housing estates,” he explained.