Friday, March 01, 2013

THE FUTURE of Barrack Lane housing estate in New Ross was discussed recently by members of the Town Council.

Cllr. Michael Sheehan raised the matter and asked officials what is going to happen to the housing units in that area of the town.

“What will happen [up there] we have no money for there?” he asked.

Housing Officer, Mick McCormack, responded by saying Government representatives had suggested that a renovation scheme for the area would be the best way to go forward.

“They have said a renovation scheme might be better but we have persisted with the knock and rebuild idea,” he said.

“We estimate it could be up to €3m.,” he added.

“We are pursuing it.”

Cllr. Sheehan then, again, questioned the future development of the area and said: “We started with renovating, to remedial, to knock them. It’s not ideal to go back to remedial. We have done deals with families about moving out.”

He then suggested the local authority needed to stand firm on the matter: “Replacement is the only option.”

“We have said that to them [Government officials] – that it’s the view of the members,” said Mr. McCormack.



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