Wednesday, May 18, 2011

500 Council Tenants Left Without Central Heating

500 Council Tenants Left Without Central Heating

Sinn Féin councillor Henry Cremin has said it is disgraceful that the council has no plans to install central heating for 500 local authority tenants in the city who remain without it.

In response to a question from Cllr Cremin, council management said there were no funds available.

Cllr Cremin said:

“Given that we have just come through two brutally cold winters, I believe the provision of central heating – particularly for elderly tenants – should be a priority for the council. It is disgraceful in this day and age that we have hundreds of tenants who do not have such a basic facility.”

“The council is pleading poverty when it comes to providing heating for its own tenants, yet €30 million will be spent on security for the royal visit – a sum which would pay for the installation of heating in all the remaining houses ten times over.”

“I would also question some of the figures the council is quoting in terms of cost. According to management, installation of heating costs €6,600 per dwelling. One contractor I spoke to last week gave an estimate of €5,500 for one dwelling – and this price would be significantly reduced in the case of a large-scale contract. If the council paid more attention to value for money, it could provide a better service for both its tenants and its ratepayers.”

For further information or comment contact Cllr Henry Cremin @ 086-2662874

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