Call for review of housing strategy in Limerick area amid ‘ad-hoc approach’ claim

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Cllr Joe Leddin, pictured beside a derelict house in Ballinacurra Weston

Cllr Joe Leddin, pictured beside a derelict house in Ballinacurra Weston

LABOUR councillor Joe Leddin has urged Limerick City and County Council to review its housing strategy in the Ballinacurra Weston area.

Speaking at the annual budget meeting, Cllr Leddin, a member of the housing and social policy committee, claimed there has been an “ad-hoc approach” towards the building, demolition and renovation of houses within Ballinacurra Weston.

He claims the estate is split in two – residents on one side are able to access regeneration services, while on the other, they cannot.

“We cannot have a scenario were just because the regeneration boundary lines have the split the estate effectively in two that some residents are having significant refurbishment works done including insulation, windows and doors replacement while neighbours across the road continue to wait for similar works,” he said.

“Original plans as part of the regeneration programme included the part demolition of houses on Byrne Avenue and Lenihan Avenue. However, this in my opinion is not sustainable given the timeframe involved and pressure to house people. It is also unfair to expect tenants to continue to live in these houses if no major maintenance works will be done.”

In the former Clarina Park part of the estate, huge green spaces have replaced lands which were once full of houses.

Cllr Leddin is bemoaning the fact there does not appear to be any plans to replace these.

“While,” he added, “other plans to build houses to the rear of Our Lady of Lourdes community centre are advanced with no consultation.

“​Void properties continue to blot the community and we must set ambitious targets to eliminate and compulsory purchase order houses that are derelict or empty and provide homes for families. The objective of subsuming the regeneration agency into the council was to ensure that there was joined up thinking on how best to develop and improve Ballinacurra Weston,” the City West member added.