Limerick Post - Saturday, 04 September 2010.
out of public view allowed to rot - Residents Alliance formed
in Ballinacurra Weston remain in limbo about their future as
conditions continue to decline. They allege that the authorities
have more or less ignored their plight and are allowing houses
We are out
of public view and consequently out of sight, and as a result
do not figure on the priority list, said one irate resident.
They argue that contact
or information from Regeneration since the initiative was launched
three years ago has been minimal. Brendan Hayden of Southside
Regeneration, responded: Up to recently we had no communication
from Government on what was happening, now that the funding
has been secured things will move on a lot more quickly.
A regeneration newsletter
will be launched next month, distributed to the areas in question
to keep them informed of developments.
are also concerned that it is no longer economically viable
for the Regeneration Agency to honour their promise to find
them a new home.
my house two years ago for €80,000 and they will only offer
me €30,000 for it now. Ill leave here homeless still
owing €47,000, said Angela Hogan, Crecora Avenue.
Mr Hayden agreed
that the situation whereby more senior homeowners received market
value from city council needed to be addressed.
This is a constant
problem in all areas.
that the elderly who dispose of their homes have very limited
options as they cannot get another mortgage. The house
next door to the lady in question was knocked recently after
lying derelict for two years.
The water wasnt
turned off properly when it was boarded up and the damp damaged
my walls and flooring. Since they knocked it, the place has
become a rubbish dump.
Angela is furious
with both Limerick City Council and Regeneration. All
they do is drive around the estate in their fancy cars saluting
people. They never get anything done. Directly across
the road there are three derelict houses which are also exposed
and surrounded by rubbish, including broken sheets of glass.
Its disgusting, waking up everyday and having to
look at this pig sty, she said.
These houses have
been boarded up for two years, but others in the estate continue
to be boarded up.
One house which was
occupied until last week suffered fire damage.
furniture and appliances are piled in a heap outside.
absolute disgrace, Regeneration need to decide to knock these
houses or maintain them to some acceptable level, said
Mattie Collins, chairman of the newly formed residents group,
Ballinacurra Weston Residents Alliance.
Members were outraged
after a recent plea to the authorities to clean up vacant houses
was refused on health and safety grounds.
Hayden said that Southside Regeneration, would have no difficulty
supporting such a community scheme.
Alliance is made up primarily of former representatives for
the area on the regeneration forum.
Mattie has lived
on the Clarina Avenue for 30 years, but for the past two he
has to look across at a row of four derelict houses.
frightening, children are gaining entry at the back and climbing
onto the roof throwing stones at the neighbours and passers
He is adamant that
these derelict properties are attracting drug-users and vandals
which poses a serious health and safety risk.
There are people
breaking in there to take drugs and when the houses are left
open, the children have access. Why has it taken so long to
knock these properties?.
seems to be knocking down houses and getting people out of the