Dundalk Town Council is ready to make a move and deal with three derelict houses at Slieve Row Crescent Muirhevnamor Dundalk.
The council also plans to introduce Choice Based Lettings (people who are looking for houses from the council and have named their choice) for six vacant houses at Doolargy Avenue Dundalk.
The county manager visited the houses on both estates following an appeal made at Dundalk town Council by Sinn Fein Cllr Kevin Meenan.
Mr David Storey told last week’s meeting of the council that the council has sought legal advice regarding anti-social behaviour at Delargy Avenue and will be looking at taking some action under the derelict site act in some cases.
This will also be the case at Slieve Row Crescent.
He said council staff will work with the gardai and social welfare department regarding the anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Meenan welcomed the move.
At a previous council meeting, Cllr Meenan said residents at Slieve Row Crescent and Doolargy Avenue, Muirhevnamor, are being tortured by people squatting in boarded up houses on the estate.
Some of the houses are burned out while others are boarded up and the rest used by squatters and drug addicts.
“This is an area we are losing day-by-day, “ Cllr Meenan said.
“Nobody should have to live beside this.”
All of the properties in Slieve Row Crescent are privately owned while the council have acquired one of the derelict Doolargy properties. The rest of the properties are either privately owned or owned by the bank.
Cllr Meenan described the areas as “no man’s land” and said that nobody will live in the houses because of the condition they are in and the state of the houses beside them.
“It looks like a mini tornado has swept through the estates, “ he said, “nobody wants to live in these houses. How can you sell that? It’s like a ghost town.
“The bank has taken over some of the properties but something needs to be done collectively.
“The longer the houses lie idle the more they are vandalised.
“All the boilers in these houses have been taken out.”
Houses in both estates are also consistantly set on fire and Cllr Meenan said the fire service are frequently called to the estates.
“This is a waste of time and resources and is taking away from more serious matters that the fire service has to deal with,” he said.
“Two properties in both estates are constantly set on fire as they are not boarded up. Residents are constantly worried at night that their house is going to be set on fire and there is a terrible smell afterwards.
“It is not fair to expect residents who are paying rent to have to live beside this.”
One of houses in Slieve Row has been knocked down, but the rusted railings and crumbling walls surrounding the property are still an eye sore and the site is now used as a dumping ground.
“We need to stop this from happening again,” he said.