“We need to tackle derelict sites in South Kildare” – Senator Fiona O’Loughlin

Kildare based Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called for action to be taken on derelict sites in Newbridge and right around Kildare South.

Senator Fiona O’Loughlin said “I have become aware of a number of derelict sites around the South Kildare area, many of which are in my home town of Newbridge.”

“We are in the grips of a housing crisis, and we absolutely need to take advantage of every opportunity we can to boost and increase our housing supply”

“Not only are derelict houses and sites a waste, they are also unsightly and can be a blight on many housing estates and communities. By their very nature they attract loitering, dumping and can end up being a hub for anti-social behaviour”

“Its especially difficult for the Council to support communities and their residents to secure such properties where the owners do not engage. In the case where the property may be under the control of an investment firm or a credit management firm, it can prove next to impossible to get an adequate response from the owner, meaning the Council cannot secure the property, as they would be liable for any damage or issues on the site. It is a catch 22 for the Council and for residents”

Senator O’Loughlin concluded “We need to do everything that we can to build sustainable communities and ensure that we are utilising our full housing supply. I think we absolutely need to do more to secure and utilise derelict sites ”