Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Questions (194, 195)

John McGuinness

Question:

296 Mr. McGuinness asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if a revised estimate was submitted by Kilkenny Borough Council for the refurbishment scheme at Ossory Park, Kilkenny; the amount drawn down by the KBC to date for this scheme; the number of houses now being completed; the expected finish date for the remaining houses in the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25618/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The pilot phase of the refurbishment of Ossory Park involves work to a total of 16 houses. My Department understands that work to 13 houses has been completed to date and the contractor is scheduled to complete work on the remaining three houses by the end of 2004. The amount of Exchequer funding recouped to Kilkenny Borough Council to date is €1.003 million. In the light of experience gained from the pilot phase of refurbishment it is understood that Kilkenny Borough Council is considering revised proposals for the next phase of the scheme which may involve the demolition of some houses and their replacement with new houses. The assessment of these revised proposals is taking place in consultation with the residents in the estate and detailed plans and costings are expected from the council in due course.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

297 Mr. O’Shea asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his proposals to put structures in place to link the information on residential services requirements recorded on the national intellectual disability database with local authority housing waiting lists (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25633/04]

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Local authorities will be undertaking the next statutory assessment of housing needs in March 2005. My Department will issue detailed guidelines to local authorities in relation to this assessment by end 2004 and consideration will be given in this context to the recommendation referred to in the NAMHI budget 2005 submission to the Government.