CONTRACTORS are busy putting the finishing touches on a brand new housing estate which hopes to see 67 names removed from the local authority housing list in the coming months.

áirc an Aird in Coolcotts is a 67-unit development, consisting of 25 two-storey, three-bedroom homes; 4 four-bed, three-storey houses; 7 two-story and two-story houses; 6 two-bed bungalows; 21 two-bed apartments and 4 one-bed apartments. Built by local construction company Bawn Developments, the development will be managed by accredited housing body Clúid Housing Association and will house tenants on the Wexford County Council housing list.

After touring the development, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council George Lawlor says he expects all units to be occupied by mid-October.

“Obviously this development is welcome in the heart of Wexford town,” he said. “We also have units coming up on Whiterock Hill in the near future. Developments of this nature have a very positive impact on our housing roster and they will also free up other homes on the private rental market.

Cllr Lawlor was impressed with the standard of the houses in Páirc an Aird, noting that they are ultra energy efficient A2 rated houses which “will also have the effect of lifting people out of energy poverty”.

After describing the housing situation in Wexford as ‘utterly desperate’ in recent weeks, Cllr Lawlor believes a lot more is needed to keep our heads above water in the current crisis.

“Páirc an Aird is positive news and should be welcomed,” he said. “But we also need much, much more to make a serious dent in this very real housing crisis in Wexford. “target is to provide 1,100 homes. I think that says a lot about the ambition of the plan. We need to increase our housing production if we are going to make a serious dent in this housing crisis. Not only is there a social housing crisis, but also for people who want to buy and rent privately.