Cribbin calls on Offaly County Council to buy up vacant properties
Edenderry based Offaly County Councillor Noel Cribbin is calling on council management to use Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) to acquire vacant properties in the county.
He is calling on the action to address the homelessness issue and place families on the housing list into these renovated houses.
"In Edenderry alone, there are between 25 to 30 vacant houses, some are years vacant and are so bad from neglect that you can’t see the houses with the overgrowth," Cllr Cribbin said.
"This is not only a crying shame to see once lovely homes vacant but they are now a blight on the area and the town in general."
Cllr Cribbin raised this matter at September's meeting of Offaly County Council and called for action.
"The fact that there are so many vacant houses in Edenderry alone and with over 200 families on the housing list in Edenderry, CPOs would kill two birds with buying up vacant houses and upgrading them and putting young families into them."
Cllr Cribbin continued to say, "to be fair to the council they introduced a Repair and Lease Scheme in which the council and the homeowners agreed to a loan of up to €40,000 to renovate the house with the council then renting the house from the owner and placing a family from the housing list in it."
"This scheme is still available but for some reason, there was a very poor take up on this scheme and I feel very strongly now that the owners don’t seem to have any plans for their properties," Cllr Cribbin said.
"I feel that the council should CPO them, pay the market value of the properties, renovate them and put families off the housing list into them."
"I urge the council to take this attitude with this blight on our towns and villages and help bring life and vitality back to areas that are in decline and also give young families the homes they deserve," Cllr Cribbin concluded.