Councillor criticises long delay to Ballybane social housing

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A City Councillor has said that it’s not acceptable that a social housing development in Ballybane won’t be completed until 2024.

The Garrai Beag social housing development at Rockland Avenue, Ballybane was commenced in 2020.

Councillor Alan Cheevers has said that he has received correspondence from the City Council’s Director of Housing that the project is going back to tender after the original builder’ contract was terminated.

The contract for a new builder is going back to tender this month, and a developer is expected to be appointed in early 2023.

It will then take 12 to 14 months for the estate to be completed, with the first houses occupied in early 2024, he added.

“This would take a total of fout years to deliver 52 properties at this site,” Alan Cheevers said.

“I am taking Covid into consideration, but it’s really not an acceptable delivery time for the people waiting for a home on our housing list.”