Call for vacant houses report

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AN “extensive report” into the number of vacant homes throughout the county has been called for.

Councillor Adrienne Wallace has tabled a motion for the next meeting of Carlow Municipal District which calls on the council to “conduct an extensive report into the number of vacant homes in Carlow”.

The motion added: “This report should build on any data already available with regards vacant or idle homes in  Carlow.

“It should explore any difficulties with enacting Compulsory Purchase Orders and Vacant Site Levies and lay-out solutions to overcome these obstacles.

“The report, should also look at how other local authorities like Louth County Council, were able to effectively use CPOs and vacant site levies to bring more social housing on stream.

“The report should be concluded in a timely  fashion.”

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