A council workshop is set to be held to examine health and safety plans for Donegal housing estates during Mica remediation works.
Concerns were raised this week by Independent Cllr Michael McBride, who asked how residents of estates could be protected while houses are being rebuilt or repaired at various times.
“There is a massive problem going forward when the work starts on some houses, but some are not going to qualify for the Mica redress scheme,” Cllr McBride said, pointing out that estate homes may be a mixture of council-owned homes, privately owned houses and privately owned houses that are rented.
Cllr McBride highlighted the potential dangers of concrete lorries, block lorries, lorries taking in rubble, tractors and diggers driving through estates where children may be playing.
“I understand the contractor will be responsible for the safety, but you can’t expect children to have to stay inside their houses,” he said.
A workshop is to be scheduled this September in response to Cllr McBride’s motion.
Letterkenny-Milford councillors were told that the council has assigned a new Social Housing Remediation Project division to assess and remediate social housing units that are damaged by defective concrete blocks. In advance of any remediation works being carried out on social housing units, a workshop will take place fully advise councillors on the proposed remediation works.