Louth County Council

No more funding for boarded up houses in Louth

County council meeting hears of 91 boarded up houses in Louth

Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

No more funding for boarded up houses in Louth

No more funding for boarded up houses in Louth

“Intolerable” is how one councillor described the fact that 91 vacant properties in the county are currently boarded up.

Louth County Council members heard yesterday, that they cannot be brought into use due to lack of funding.

Cllr Maria Doyle raised the issue at Monday's council meeting, referring to the housing report which indicated that 56 properties were vacant and required major refurbishing, with 35 requiring minor works and asked if funding would be made available to bring them back into use.

In the response to Cllr Doyle, the meeting heard that 13 of the properties have been refurbished and have been allocated, with a further two potentially being refurbished in December.

Chief Executive Joan Martin told those present that no further funding is available to refurbish the remaining properties.

Even if the Government were to offer matched funding for the properties, Louth County Council would not be in a position to do anything as they have no funding available.

Councillor Peter Savage mentioned that a small increase in the local property tax may have gone some way to improving the situation.