THREE houses providing long-term accommodation for older people were kick-started in Ballingeary this week.
The deveopment is a collaboration between approved housing body Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo and Droumleigh Construction Ltd.
County Mayor Declan Hurley was invited to turn the sod on the development at Cuan Barra, Kilmore in the village, on Monday.
The development will see the construction of three houses providing long-term accommodation for the elderly.
Cork County Council is the sanctioning authority for the project and assisted in securing funding to the value of €623,545 from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government through the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS).
Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo is a non-profit organisation located in the Gaeltacht village of Ballingeary in the parish of Uibh Laoire. It has developed a purpose-built community centre (Cuan Barra), a childcare facility and playground (Spraoi na Laoi), along with social housing and a rural transport bus. These facilities are used regularly for a diverse range of activities to improve the lives of local people. Coiste Tithe Uibh Laoire Teo were awarded overall winner of Community and Voluntary Group at the 2014 annual mayor’s Community Awards.
‘This development will allow older people to live in their own homes for as long as possible and enjoy a high quality of life through established connections with the community,’ said Cllr Hurley.
Building is expected to be completed before the end of the year with the properties available for older people in need of social housing from Cork County Council’s housing list.