Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon pictured in St John’s Square Limerick.Pictured Credit Brian Gavin Press 22FIANNA Fáil councillor Kieran O’Hanlon told Limerick City and County Council this week that they need to drop their standards and take a more “common sense” approach to its unoccupied social housing stock.The City East representative was commenting on a motion from Labour Party councillor Joe Leddin at Monday’s Metropolitan District meeting, which called for the local authority to undertake a review of the timeframe between the ending of one tenancy and the re-letting of a house.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Cllr Leddin, many of the council’s unoccupied stock just needs “painting and hoovering”. With over 3,000 people on the Housing List in Limerick, he believes there needs to be a quicker turnaround.“How can this take a year or longer? That’s how long some of these houses are sitting there empty. If you gave people the paint they’d do it themselves just to have a roof over their heads,” he said.Cllr O’Hanlon agreed and felt there was too much “fiddle-faddle” involved in assessing unoccupied homes before making them ready for new tenants.“We have set our standards too high. We need to do something to get families into these homes,” Cllr O’Hanlon declared.“I am not an engineer, but having these houses vacant is unacceptable. The whole process is too costly. We need a more common sense approach. Getting in consultants costs money.”Director of Service Operations, Kieran Lehane told council members that the hold up is often because of the wait for different funding streams to come online. However, he agreed that it was “not acceptable”. Mr Lehane promised that the council would tackle this issue in 2019. Previous articleLimerick has 98 children in emergency accommodationNext articleBat The Father / Rabbit The Son Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Print Facebook Twitter Email NewsHousingPoliticsLimerick City and County Council is told to drop its standardsBy Alan Jacques – January 24, 2019 976 TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Advertisement WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!