THE Green Party in Wexford is encouraging members of the public to report any vacant properties in their towns using the vacanthomes.ie website.
embers of the party undertook an informal survey of Wexford, Enniscorthy and New Ross recently to identify properties that appear to be empty, vacant and potentially available for refurbishment, so that people can live in them
“In all three towns, we came across a range of unoccupied buildings which could be utilized, some of them vacant for a long time,” Chairman of the Wexford Green Party Bobby Lambert said. “Bringing these vacant homes back into use can make a significant contribution to our housing crisis.
“We know that this is one of the quickest, most cost-effective and environmentally sound ways of making decent homes available in convenient locations and places where they are most needed. Brining vacant homes back into use can also benefit the local economy and bring life. back to our town centers.
In November of last year, Wexford County Council revealed that the county had 12,547 vacant homes, 6,629 of which were holiday homes. The local authority is in the process of appointing a Vacant Homes Officer and this is a move being welcomed by the Greens.
“We are delighted to hear that Wexford Council is supporting this initiative and have started to issue Compulsory Purchase notices,” Mr Lambert said. “We also welcome the news that a full-time officer is soon to be appointed to the Vacant Homes initiative, and that a key part of this role is to conduct an accurate survey of all vacant homes in the county. Wexford Greens fully support the council in this initiative and look forward to working with them to ensure that these vacant properties become homes for those who badly need them. ”