Twenty-eight council homes in the Mountain View neighbourhood of Ballylynch estate will be upgraded under the €2m second phase of the Carrick-on-Suir estate’s regeneration scheme that is due to begin next week.
Some preliminary works have already taken place at Mountain View but the main project will begin next Tuesday, May 3, according to Town Clerk Michael O’Brien.
The Town Council signed the contract for the project with Galway based contractors Atlantic Developments two weeks ago.
Mountain View is the oldest part of the Ballylynch estate that was built in the 1970s - and the most in need of a revamp.
Mr O’Brien said improved insulation, new porches and painting will be among the improvements carried out to the council owned houses.
There will be a new road and footpaths built in the neighbourhood and the general landscaping and environment around Mountain View will be enhanced.
He said the project will take approximately 16 months to complete.
Unfortunately, the privately owned houses in Mountain View are not included in the Department of Environment funded refurbishment programme but Mr O’Brien said the Town Council was exploring avenues to find a way for private home owners to access grant aid to also do up their homes.
The construction of the new road will involve the demolition of a number of homes in Mountain View and the relocation of their residents.
Mr O’Brien said he believed any issues with the residents have been resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.
He said the residents of Mountain View have waited ten years for this refurbishment of their estate and shown great patience.
“It’s nice to get to this stage.
“Most of the residents of Ballylynch are delighted the contract has been finally signed.
“The members of the Town Council have kept the project as a priority issue on the agenda and deserve great credit for that.”
Mr O’Brien said the Council hoped the refurbishment project will bring significant employment to the town as well as extra business to local traders over the next 16 months.
Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Richie O’Neill, who is a resident of Mountain View, signed the contract for the project on behalf of the elected Council and welcomed the news that construction work is to get underway next week.
“It’s great news for the residents of Ballylynch and the town.
“It will do up the area and hopefully it will be appreciated. I am a small bit disappointed that the private houses are not included. I am still fighting for the private home owners. Even if they were given some bit of help...”.
He said the start of the second phase of the estate’s refurbishment was a long time coming. He recalled it being discussed on the Town Council back in 1999 and the first phase was carried out at Killonerry Close six years ago.
“Hopefully the new government will continue on and do the third phase and that it will be a good success,” added the Mayor, who paid tribute to his fellow local councillors as well as local TDs for campaigning tirelessly for funding for the regeneration scheme.
Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan said she was absolutely delighted the contract for the second phase of the project is in place and hoped that it will be as successful as the first phase refurbishment of Killonerry Close.
Cllr Cooney-Sheehan said she also hoped there wouldn’t be too much disruption for residents in Mountain View during the construction work.