Monday, August 01, 2022

A senior official with Mayo Co Council has said the local authority hopes to clear with the backlog of applications under the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme by the end of August, writes Paul O’Malley.

The scheme is to financially assist homeowners affected by pyrite and mica.

The council’s Director of Services for Housing Tom Gilligan made the comment at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Ballina Municipal District in response to a query from Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Loftus about those awaiting news about their applications.

“I am conscious that there are still a lot of people waiting to hear back in relation to their application. We have dealt with a lot of the backlog that had built up, and by the end of August, we are aiming to get through the remainder of the backlog as quickly as possible,” said Mr Gilligan.

Fine Gael Cllr John O’Hara said it was vital that the council is organised when it comes to affected homeowners and suggested the local authority create a list to let applicants know exactly when their cases would be dealt with.

Meanwhile, Independent Cllr Seamus Weir said a greater focus is needed in the municipal district regarding the provision of housing.

Currently, a 50-house development in Rehins Fort is the only major housing development in the Ballina area.

“Billions have been set aside at the Government level for housing. It is hard to understand why we don’t have Part 8 [applications for council housing] sitting in front of us more often,” said Cllr Weir. “I want to see a Part 8 in front of us here soon.”

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