County Council officials have been warned that the housing need is reaching critical point in the town of Enniscrone.
A report sought by Cllr Joe Queenan on the council’s housing construction plan for west Sligo revealed that 11 new dwellings will be completed by the local authority in that area in 2021 – 10 in Dromore West and a single rural dwelling at Crowagh.
A capital appraisal submission for 15 houses in Tubbercurry will be submitted shortly.
Cllr Queenan welcomed that progress at the monthly meeting of Sligo Co Council earlier today but noted the lack of housing proposals for the Rathlee, Easkey or Enniscrone areas.
He said there was particularly huge demand in Enniscrone where no social housing has been built for 50 years and urged that the council prioritise it and acquire some land for housing.
Cllr Michael Clarke supported Cllr Queenan’s motion.
He noted that there were a number of sites held by private developers in Enniscrone that might present an option for accommodation development by some housing agencies:
“Given that the council owns no land in Enniscrone the only option is to engage with those developers.“We are in a critical situation in relation to housing in Enniscrone. There could be 200 people on the housing list there at this stage,” Cllr Clarke warned.
Councillors were advised that Enniscrone will be considered in the course of the local authority’s ongoing review of housing demand across Sligo.