Trim FG Cllr Noel French HAS called for continued action on vacant houses in light of the continuing housing crisis.
He told Meath Live, “I have seen one or two vacant houses in many of the housing estates in the south Meath area. Some of these are the finest houses sitting unoccupied year after year.
“I know in many cases it can be difficult to identify the owners but I do think that the Council should employ Compulsory Purchase Orders in order to get these houses back into use.
“Often these houses are relics of the Celtic Tiger and have lain idle for eight to ten years. A very sorry sight in many of our new estates. There was a drop of 25% in the number of new houses/addresses recorded last year over the previous year. 3% of houses in Meath were vacant in the third quarter of 2021 which is below the national average of 4.4%.
“There were a total of 90, 158 houses vacant in the whole country. Meath had 367 derelict houses a drop of 10% since 2016. Meath had 2020 new house constructions start in 2021.
“The average national house price during the 12-month period to October 2021 was €321,596. Source: The Residential Buildings Report for the fourth quarter of 2021 was published by GeoDirectory.”