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No climate change or biodiversity SPC for Clare

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*Waves on the Atlantic Ocean during Storm Lorenzo. Photograph: John Mangan A new strategic policy committee (SPC) dedicated solely to climate change and biodiversity will not be introduced in Co Clare.

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Construction to commence on Tulla social housing scheme by mid 2020

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*Pictured at Áras Contae an Chlair following the appointment of consultants for the design of a new social housing scheme in Tulla, (FRONT L-R) Anne Haugh, Director of Social Development, Clare County Council; Pat Dowling, Chief Executive, Clare County Council, Cllr. Clare Colleran Molloy, Deputy Mayor of Clare; and Andrea Becker, Senior Architect, Thompson Architects…

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Hayes hits out at lack of Council built houses

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Dermot Hayes has hit out at the amount of Council houses built in Clare from 2016 to 2018 and has called on the county’s electorate to end “the cosy consensus between long-time councillors and the top table”.

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‘Undesirable’ Council tenants putting homeowners in negative equity

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Properties in housing estates are seeing a dip in their value when the Council purchases a unit and moves “undesirables” into the location, one elected representative has claimed.

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Social housing residents could be charged for maintenance work

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A nominal fee could be charged to residents living in social housing as part of the planned maintenance programme. Senior Executive Engineer with Clare County Council, Tony Neville updated members of the Social Development SPC on the property surveys which have been conducted between June 5th and November 22nd on social housing throughout the county.…

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5 homeless families to be accommodated at Cusack Lodge

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Five families will be accommodated in a homeless hub which will be based in Ennis. Clare County Council has recently acquired Cusack Lodge on the Lahinch Rd for the provision of homeless transition accommodation. An operator has been appointed for the location, a design team is in place and are in the process of completing tender…

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‘Landlords making families homeless’

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“PRIVATE landlords are making families homeless”, Ennis Cllr Ann Norton has claimed. Speaking at the September meeting of the Social Development Strategic Policy Committee, Cllr Norton raised concern with the growing amount of single men being made homeless. “More single men than women are becoming homeless, they don’t want to go into hotels or B&Bs,”…

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‘Ghettos could emerge’ in Clare without balance

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CONCERN has been expressed that “ghettos” could emerge in Clare due to a lack of proper social mix with housing. Cllr PJ Kelly is the longest serving member of Clare County Council and at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Social Development SPC, he warned of the potential risks that may arise if the local authority…

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