€2.4 million facelift for Wilderness houses and play area

Work has now started on a €2.4 million upgrade for the Wilderness Grove and Carrigeen housing estates in Clonmel.

Work has now started on a €2.4 million upgrade for the Wilderness Grove and Carrigeen housing estates in Clonmel.

The area consists of 145 houses constructed in the early and mid 1980s. Both estates are designated RAPID (Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development), with 56 houses currently in Council ownership.

Clonmel Borough Council engaged the services of the National Building Agency, currently the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency, for the preparation of tender documentation relating to the upgrading of 56 social housing units as an interim measure in the overall regeneration of the Wilderness/Carrigeen estates. The project is jointly funded by the Borough Council and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Following a public meeting held last December with the residents of the local authority houses, tenders were received in 2011. John Somers Construction Ltd., Ballybrazil, New Ross was the successful contractor. It is anticipated that the scheme will take approximately 76 weeks to complete, with an overall investment in the area of €2.4 million.

Along with the upgrade of the social housing units the Borough Council, in conjunction with the residents association, community liaison Gardai and South Tipperary Development Company, is currently upgrading the former basketball courts within the estate to provide an amenity area for recreational purposes. The works consist of fencing, public lighting upgrades and appropriate access via both approach roads, with tarmacadam on the playing surface. The area will be maintained by the residents association once completed in mid-June.