Works are expected to commence on the Cox’s Demesne Regeneration Project in Ashling Park within three weeks.
This will be the first phase of the Regeneration Project. This phase will see 14 houses being built in a pilot project. The development will take place near Noel Gorman Park in Ashling Park, just across from the Clan Na Gael clubhouse.
The development of the 14 houses is expected to be completed near the end 2015.
Once completed, tenants will be selected from the local authority list. Sinn Fein Councillor Edel Corrigan has welcomed the news and is encouraging the council to hold regular consultation with local residents in the area.
“I welcome the news that the project is due to start within three weeks,” Cllr Corrigan told The Democrat.
“I have met with council officials regarding the project and they have told me that they will hold a series of public consultations with the local community.
“I also encouraged the council to hold regular consultations and meetings with the residents throughout the entire build.
“It is important that the local residents are kept informed and that the development causes as little inconvenience as possible.”
Plans for the regeneration of Cox’s Demense was first releases several years ago.
However, the multi-million euro project was unable to progress at the time due to lack of funding.
Meanwhile, as part of the regeneration project, major energy efficiency works have been carried out on 573 homes.
The work was undertaken by the Dundalk Town Council which was Ireland’s biggest energy efficiency retrofit to date.
Working alongside Electric Ireland and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) €3.3m was invested in energy efficient insulation, boiler installations, draught proofing and the installation of heating controls in the Cox’s Demesne houses.
All this work was carried out free of charge to the residents concerned. The retrofit won the Best Energy Smart Initiative award.
Two thousand people have benefited from the €3.3m energy efficient retrofit project after work was carried out on their homes to reduce energy consumption.
Electric Ireland, Dundalk Town Council and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, worked together to carry out a range of works including attic and cavity wall insulation, boiler installation, draught proofing and the installation of two-zone heating controls to 573 houses in the Cox’s Demesne area.