FEARS OF RADICAL CHANGE IN SOCIAL HOUSING POLICY PROMPT CO COUNCIL TO SEEK MEETING WITH MINISTER

11 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fears expressed at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council that the provision of social housing was in the process of passing out of the remit of local authorities and becoming the responsibility of voluntary agencies prompted agreement to seek a meeting with relevant Government Minister Jan O’Sullivan to discuss future policy direction in this sphere.

Discussion arose in the context of an item on the agenda seeking members’ approval for the disposal of a site at Drummond Otra, Carrickmacross to the Respond Housing Association for the provision of a six-bedroom home for individuals with physical disabilities.

Correspondence from Director of Services Adge King pointed out: “The Council has commissioned an independent report and valuation for the site. This report indicates that current market value of the site is €25,000.

“The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government are providing a grant of €900,000 towards the project. This grant only allows for a payment of €5,000 towards the cost of the site.

“As this disposal is less than the current market valuation, this disposal is subject to the approval of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government under Section 211 (2) of the Local Government Planning and Development Act 2000.”

Proposing that the Council approve the Section 183 Notice before it, Matt Carthy said …

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