Deputy Noel Coonan has warmly welcomed news that the Government has allocated €1.1m for 12 new units at Ashbury, Roscrea. Deputy Coonan has been consistently liaising with Ashbury residents, North Tipperary County Council officials and Junior Minister Jan O’Sullivan to tackle health and safety issues at an unfinished vacant estate beside Ashbury called Ros na Cronan.
“There has been heavy correspondence between my office and Department and Council officials regarding Ros na Cronan estate. It has been an issue of priority for me because I know the matter has been causing nearby Ashbury residents serious distress and I am very pleased the estate has been prioritised in today’s announcement,” said Deputy Coonan.
“I was notified of health and safety problems at Ros na Cronan by Ashbury residents who were concerned for their families safety following spates of vandalism. This estate of 12 houses was built by the developer in 2006 and the houses are now all unoccupied. The liquidation process has taken place. I contacted the HSE firstly about the public health nuisance issues and, following my calls, they investigated the matter and sent a report to the Acting Principal Environmental Health Officer outlining concerns regarding the condition of the houses in the estate.
“Following this, I have been in regular contact with Minister of Housing and Planning Jan O’Sullivan, the Manager of North Tipperary County Council and the Council’s Housing Section regarding progressing the report and resolving problems at the housing development. The Housing Section of the Council actively pursued funding from the Housing Capital Section of the Department of Environment in order to acquire and refurbish the houses,” explained Deputy Coonan.
“I am pleased €1.1million will be given towards this local authority home build initiative and I want to thank North Tipperary County Council staff for actively pursuing the project. Nationally €68million has been announced which represents the first return to new mainstream local authority house building since the financial crisis began,” concluded Deputy Coonan.