Housing projects planned by Tipperary County Council over the next three years will go nowhere near to addressing the crisis level shortage of accommodation, a meeting of the authority was told.
Councillors from all over Tipperary expressed their frustration at the proposed housing projects from 2015 to 2017 and said the work in progress and construction schemes planned would not help resolve the housing shortage.
Clonmel councillor Pat English said only lip service was being paid to the housing crisis and he called on officials to have a serious look at how they could go about addressing the urgent needs of people waiting for accommodation.
Members were informed that ten housing construction projects were planned by the authority between 2015 and 2017. Only two of those were in South Tipperary, a ten unit scheme at Wallers Lot in Cashel and a twenty unit scheme at Glenconnor in Clonmel.
Only two projects are in progress at the moment, construction of two houses at Faugheen and Ballingarry and the construction of two houses in Borrisoleigh.
Members were told that there were 619 approved applicants in Clonmel and twenty three vacant houses, 544 approved applicants in Cashel/Tiperary and twenty two vacant houses, 261 approved applicants in Carrick-on-Suir and fourteen vacant houses.
Cllr. Martin Browne said no inroads had been made on the provision of housing in the county since funding was announced.
Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose said there was a severe shortage of one and two bed units in Clonmel.
“People have more of a chance of winning the Lotto than they have of getting a one or two bed housing unit”, she said.
The Clonmel councillor said tenants of houses were also left waiting far too long for basic housing repairs.
Cllr. John Crosse said there was a need for the Minister for the Environment to give the go-ahead for more houses to be purchased by local authorities rather than wait for new builds.
Cllr. David Dunne said more should be done to get vacant houses allocated quicker. In one housing estate in Carrick-on-Suir, three houses had burned down and the emphasis should be on getting those houses and other vacant houses allocated to tenants waiting for accommodation as quickly as possible.
Cllr. Denis Leahy said the number of new units to be provided in new construction projects up to 2017 was just not sufficient enough to meet the meets that were there. He said that Tipperary town had not even been mentioned for a new construction project up to 2017 even though there were 544 approved applicants in the Cashel/Tipp district.