The huge numbers of people approved for housing and waiting for accommodation to be provided in Tippeary Town has to be tackled as a matter of urgency warned Cllr.Denis Leahy.
With over two hundred people now on the waiting list for Tipperary Town Cllr.Leahy believes a designated housing officer for Tipperary town is essential if the problems are to be addressed.
Cllr.Leahy said that prior to the amalgamation of the North and South county councils Tipperary Town had its own housing office in the town and people on the list knew they were dealing with people who knew the situation on the ground.
“That is gone now,and people in Tipperary town have to travel to Clonmel to make a case to the housing authority and feel they are just a number and that the people there have no appreciation of Tipperary Town housing issues and their own individual needs,they don’t even know their names,” said Cllr.Leahy.
Cllr.Leahy said that disconnect had to be addressed and unless measures were put in place the situation would only continue to get out of hand.
“ Unless the system is properly organised the situation here in Tipperary will get worse and worse.It has to be efficient and it has to be seen to be capable of dealing with the issues specific to Tipperary “ said Cllr.Leahy.
Cllr.Leahy said the 207 on the list people cannot be catered for unless building takes place very quickly and the land was there to facilitate that.
“The Council has a duty to provide the houses as these people cannot afford to do it themselves,” he said.
“There is a lot of despair out there, these people are waiting a long time, one time we would have had a lot of vacant housing stock now we have nothing.These people are in limbo.Something has to be done” he said.Cllr.Leahy said the designated officer for Tipp town should be appointed immediately if progress was to be made.