Last week, Local Fianna Fail Councillor Eamon Quinlan and a number of the Council’s Housing staff carried out an onsite review on the completion of the upgraded homes on Convent Hill in Tramore, Co. Waterford. These homes have been upgraded to ensure a higher quality of living to residents as well as setting the standard on energy efficiency. These homes were initially built close to 200 years ago and have been a staple in the heart of the town, occupying a position close to Glor na Mara Primary School and in recent years have seen a strong community of older residents who can avail of independent living.
Councillor Quinlan had this to say on the development ‘, This really stands out for what Waterford Council can achieve in Partnership with an organisation like St Vincent De Paul to take homes that are two centuries old and have long since fallen behind the level of care we want for our older residents who have given so much over the years, to these stellar homes, each outfitted and refurbished to the pinnacle of what we can provide to allow the older residents enjoy the highest quality of living at the heart of our community. Regeneration in this way makes town centres not just viable but genuinely attractive helping to maintain a community at the heart of Tramore’.
The development will consist of 10 homes and will continue to be managed by SVP. The current residents who are currently living off site are hoped to be back living in their homes in the next several weeks once the homes have been furnished. A square has been created at the developments core to allow outdoor activities as well has a community hall to allow locals come together in a safe environment to pursue hobbies and other endeavours aimed at keeping older residents engaged with project’s both on a recreational as well as social setting. The development will be monitored by a number of camera’s to offer additional security to residents.
Air to energy heating systems have been installed which will substantially reduce energy costs over time without using any fossil fuels. Several residents have expressed to me nothing short of joy at the improved living conditions, increased space and gardens. This all fit in nicely as an example at Glor na Mara’s recent day celebrating the children’s efforts on the UN’s Global Goal’s initiative. It showed them that not only can they be a force for change but that they can see that change unfold in their own communities if the desire and creativity exist within people and organisations of good will. I was delighted to be here today to see the good work of so many come into being. I must take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, the Council’s staff, SVP, the contractors and above all the residents for their patience in creating this bar setting project,’ said Cllr Quinlan. It is hoped other improvement schemes can see this type of development become a model for other areas in Waterford City and County in the coming years.