Housing survey set to take place

An inspection and survey of housing developments in Longford and Westmeath aimed at identifying hazards, environmental problems and construction issues commenced last week.

An inspection and survey of housing developments in Longford and Westmeath aimed at identifying hazards, environmental problems and construction issues commenced last week.

Since last Wednesday, the Longford Westmeath branch of Sinn Féin, under the guidance of chartered engineer John McNamara began a detailed inspection and survey of housing within the constituency. This will include site visits and a detailed review of the associated planning files.

Explaining the reasons for the audit, a statement from Sinn Féin explained, “As a result of the recent tragic events at an unfinished development in Athlone a team from Sinn Féin completed an initial inspection of a number of developments in the Longford / Westmeath area. Our inspections revealed many horrific results such as fall hazards, drowning hazards, road safety issues, public lighting and environmental issues.” They now plan on rolling out the survey to both counties.

Sinn Féin also plan on using their upcoming ‘no campaign’ on the fiscal compact treaty referendum to leaflet houses in the constituency asking households to fill out a survey on hazards and issues with their housing.

John McNamara, a chartered engineer and retired army officer with over 20 years experience in the housing and construction sectors, told the Leader all housing estates identified as an unfinished housing estate will be automatically visited but any other householders who wish to be included in the survey should contact sfwestmeath@gmail.com.