By Suzanne Pender
THE council needs to “get tough” with the problem of dereliction in Co Carlow and act faster in turning unsightly properties into homes, according to a local councillor.
Cllr Fergal Browne welcomed moves by Carlow County Council to begin the process of compulsory purchase orders, but urged a much more urgent approach on CPOs in the county, citing the large number of properties which have been derelict for far too long.
“I would ask the council to be much more aggressive on CPOs. I see Limerick County Council has issued 1,500 statutory notices under the ***Derelict Site Act 1990*** last year and I would like to see Carlow being as proactive as that,” said cllr Browne.
“Not only does this give families houses but it’s also good news for businesses and neighbours of these sites,” he added.
Cllr Browne stated that a number of grants and supports are available for the owners of vacant properties and urged such owners to contact Carlow County Council to check out their entitlements.