Senator Shane Cassells at the site with Cllr Mike Bray and former county councillor, Oliver Fox.

Funding approved for age-friendly homes in Oldcastle

The allocation of €1.04 million for five age-friendly social housing units in Park Avenue, Oldcastle has been welcomed.

The development will see of two one-bedroom and three two-bedroom homes at Park Avenue with funding for the project being delivered through the Capital Assistance Scheme to St Vincent de Paul Approved Housing Body and Meath County Council.

These houses will be developed next to the existing Vincent de Paul homes in Park Avenue on a section of land which has been left unused for many years now.

Welcoming the news Senator Cassells sated that the development was a major plus for meeting the housing needs of the elderly in North Meath.

“I’m delighted to see this scheme get the green light and want to thank Minister Darragh O’Brien for approving the €1m in funding for it”, remarked Senator Cassells.

“The purpose of this new housing is to facilitate older people in suitable accommodation which is close to the town centre, the church, the medical centre and other local amenities.

“There is a need for one and two-bedroom houses in the Oldcastle area and it is great to see the Minister and the council funding the development of town centre projects for older members of our community.

“I was delighted to visit the site in Oldcastle recently with Cllr Mike Bray and Oliver Fox who have pursued the need for this type of age-friendly housing in the Oldcastle and North Meath area.

“Minister Darragh O’Brien and the Housing For All plan have put housing at the centre of the government’s agenda and with projects like this one in Oldcastle we are seeing real delivery on the ground in our local communities to tackle the need for all types of housing.

“We have seen funding announced for similar housing schemes across the county recently and it is most welcome that Oldcastle and North Meath are now also included as part of these important age-friendly housing projects,” said Senator Cassells.