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Saturday 3 December 2016

Coolock locals say they can't get modular homes 'quick enough'

Housing Crisis

Modular home
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Some Coolock locals have welcomed the plans for modular homes in their area

Belcamp Avenue in Coolock is situated in the centre of a sprawling housing estate in north Dublin.

A stone's throw away is one of the largest community creches in Europe, with places for some 260 children.

The building sits next to various amenities, including adult education services, a health centre, shops, schools, and elderly support services.

However, while many locals welcomed news of the proposed development, others expressed concern that an influx of homeless people may fuel crime and drug abuse in the area.

But Lynda Hayden, CEO of Darndale Village Centre, said the pre-fabricated units were an ideal "transitional home" for families.

"It's better that these people have somewhere to call their own, instead of living out of a suitcase in hotels," she said.

"I view them as a permanent solution; they're used all over Europe.

"They're definitely a viable solution to the homelessness crisis - we can't get them quick enough in the area.

"We already have modular buildings where we operate a Senior Centre. They are cosy, warm and durable.

"Overall it's a great idea because it gives people the independence to cook for themselves, while providing adequate bedroom space for young children."

One local pointed out the proposed site in Belcamp Avenue is prone to flooding issues during the winter months.

Devastation

"Preparation for this kind of eventuality is key because I know the devastation flooding can cause," Ms Hayden added.

"But as long as they prepare the site adequately it should be fine.

"It's also important that when someone accepts one of these temporary homes, that they don't lose their place on the housing list.

"They're being put in a well supported area.

"We have a day care facility for 200 kids.

"These units are not being put in the middle of the country.

"It's an established community with all the facilities required."

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