Farren wants funding to finish off ‘unfinished estates’

Donegal County Council is being encouraged to apply to a special €10m fund set up by Government to clean up unfinished housing estates.

Local Labour Councillor, Martin Farren, called on the local authority at Tuesday’s Inishowen Area meeting to submit funding proposals to the Department of the Environment before February 28th, outlining the issues facing the most problematic estates - and the detail of the funding requirements.

“We still have a problem with unfinished housing estates in Donegal but thankfully my colleague, Labour Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan, secured a special fund of €10 million in the Budget with a view to specifically tackling the most problematic unfinished developments.  

“The fund is specially designed to address deficiencies in public infrastructure such as roads, footpaths, public lighting and open spaces. It is envisaged that by addressing these problems, we will unlock the potential for developers and funders to invest additional capital to complete the housing element of the development

“Some good progress has been made on this issue to date but this is a critical step. The closing date for the applications is February 28th and I am encouraging the Council to apply to the Department as soon as possible for funding, so we can press on with making real progress.”