Louth County Council has said that the refurbished Traveller halting site at Woodland Park will begin to accommodate families from the week commencing 12th December 2016.
Woodland Park had been operated as a serviced halting site by Louth County Council until 2008, when it closed due to a lack of interest among the Traveller community in utilising the site. It has been refurbished in light of renewed interest among the Traveller community for such accommodation.
When works are complete, the site will comprise 14 caravan bays and will be fully compliant with fire and safety; electrical, and sanitary facility requirements.
The cost of refurbishment is in the region of €450,000, and additional monies were used to clear the site of a build-up of waste that occurred when the site was closed.
In the meantime, Louth County Council has completed an intensive consultation process with members of the Traveller community in the county on their future and desired accommodation needs. This consultation – coupled with a wider public consultation – has now been completed. The results will be considered by the Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee, and will feed into a new Traveller Accommodation Plan. This will be published in 2017.