atest press release from Sinn Féin Wicklow, issued on Wednesday, June 16th 2021…
Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady and Councillor Dermot O’ Brien have welcomed the news that some of the issues that have led to delays in handing out the keys to the tenants of 42 new houses in Kilbride Court in Bray have been resolved.
It is now expected that tenants will receive their keys in the coming weeks to allow them to move into their new homes.
Speaking after receiving an update on the delay with the houses from council officials Deputy Brady said, “Unfortunately, since the commencement of the 42 social units in Kilbride Court in Bray it has been faced with a number of delays. Shortly after work commenced on site in 2018 the Naas-based developer MDY construction encountered financial difficulties, this resulted in considerable delays to the project. Covid has also delayed the construction of these badly needed units.
“It had been hoped that the tenants would be in their houses before Easter, the council had notified the 42 new tenants that they were being allocated one of the new units. Unfortunately, there were more unexpected delays encountered on the project. This delay has caused huge anxiety to the families who had hoped to move into their new homes, many of whom had given notice to landlords and had all their belongings boxed up for the move, no clarity was given to them as to when they might actually get to move into their new home.”
Cllr Dermot ‘Daisy’ O’Brien said, “Thankfully the latest issues that had arisen in the development have now been addressed, there is still some small amounts of snagging to be done to the units and some final legal work. It is hoped that the new tenants will finally get to move into their new homes in the coming weeks. It will also allow the area to get back to normality as it’s been a building site now for the last 3 years. The development impacted on many residents in the area in estates like Herbert Park, Clover Hill and Kilbride Grove, they have all been patient and more than accommodating and understanding.”
Deputy Brady concluded “Hopefully the uncertainty for the 42 new tenants is coming to an end and with the completion of the units it will be another small step in addressing the housing crisis. It will also bring an end to the lengthy saga since the council first moved to CPO the site in 2006.
“I hope many lessons have been learnt over the last 15 years.”
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