« BackChief Executive of Kerry County Council says new social housing is on target

The Chief Executive of Kerry County Council says it is on target to deliver over one thousand housing units by the end of next year.

Moira Murrell moved to reassure councillors at the annual budget meeting of the local authority.

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Councillors voted to adopt the budget which will see Kerry County Council spent around 181 million euro across all services, economic and tourism development.

Under the Government’s Social Housing Strategy 1,058 housing units need to be delivered by Kerry County Council at a cost of 62 million euro.

Currently the council has 4,100 social housing units.

These new units will be acquired by the Rental Accommodation Scheme, Social Leasing, Voids Programme, house purchases and building.

The council is set to buy 50 houses this year and 175 houses out of a target of 240 units have been leased.

Works on 132 vacant houses will be completed by the end of the year.

It is anticipated in total over 430 houses will be delivered by the end of December.

The council has also embarked on a house building programme.

111 units will be built next year in Killarney, Killorglin, Tralee, Listowel, Lixnaw and Kenmare.

In 2018 29 houses, will be built.