By Dan Walsh
Wexford County Council is to recruit six additional staff, three with technical skills and three in administration, focussed solely on the delivery of social and affordable homes in County Wexford in the years ahead.
Wexford Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne has welcomed the announcement. He told WexfordLocal.com; “Building homes is our top priority in government. Resources are being provided to Wexford County Council and the necessary staff will be in place to implement the plans. The Council will later this month publish its social and affordable home building targets for the next few years and we need focus on delivery.”
The news comes after the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD approved more than 200 new posts for local authority housing delivery teams across the country which will assist Councils in delivering their social housing targets.
Housing for All, the Government’s new housing Plan, commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects. The Plan acknowledges that this requires the resourcing of housing delivery teams and the posts being announced today include a wide range of positions from engineers to quantity surveyors and architects with provision also made for the necessary administrative resources.
Minister O’Brien said; “In September this year, the Government published our new housing strategy, ‘Housing for All’. It is the most comprehensive housing plan in the history of the State backed by an unprecedented €4 billion per year.
“Under ‘Housing for All’ we will deliver nearly 90,000 new build social homes by 2030 and we have put a very clear focus on the delivery of new build projects,” concluded Minister O’Brien.