Chairman of the Cashel/Tipperary Municipal District, Cllr. John Crosse, said there is a “great opportunity” to revitalise housing estates by buying available properties in the district.
Chairman Crosse is calling on the Department to make houses available to Tipperary County Council in order to fulfil current demand. It was noted that there is currently 520 housing applicants on the waiting list in the county.
“I believe this would help combat anti-social behaviour in private housing estates. We don’t want to open up the floodgates for tenants who may be troublesome. Therefore, the procedure for getting a house is water tight,” said Chairman Crosse.
The chiarman highlighted the economic benefits of purchasing vacant houses at the present time. He noted: “I view this as form of long-term investment for the Council. Housing prices are at an unprecedented low and it would be more beneficial to make houses available to the Council as oppose to building new ones which would take years to come to fruition and cost a significant amount. We could then sell on the houses to people who want to buy them in the future. It’s a win-win scenario; for the people on the housing list, for the Council and for the State.”
He also suggested that the Council would be in a better position to alleviate any problems that would occur in the estates. “Unfinished housing estates are being left there by developers, and are not being repaired or serviced. The Council would strive to address these issues if the Department give us the go ahead,” he added.
In addition, Chairman Crosse said it’s “fantastic news” that there is currently nobody homeless in Tipperary, a statistic brought to light at the December meeting by Housing Official Jim Dillon.