Upgrading Butts houses could ‘put another e20 or e30 in people’s pockets’

A RETRO-fitting programme for houses in the Butts area of the city over three or four years has been proposed by Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Greens), following on from a previous suggestion by Cllr Kathleen Funchion (SF).

A RETRO-fitting programme for houses in the Butts area of the city over three or four years has been proposed by Cllr Malcolm Noonan (Greens), following on from a previous suggestion by Cllr Kathleen Funchion (SF).

“The issue of fuel poverty is going to become one of the most significant challenges for families in the next couple of years, and we can make a significant difference. We could put e20 to e30 in people’s pockets that the could spend on food or clothing,” Cllr Noonan said at Monday’s meeting of Kilkenny Borough Council.

Mr Mullally replied that, because of Government policy, the council could currently only retrofit vacant houses, but he expected that “next year it may become more flexible”.

Cllr Andrew McGuinness (FF) also proposed that the council “resolve the on-going issue of flooding at Lord Edward Street and as part of this, that the sewage system in the general Butts area be investigated with a view to replacing/ fixing any issues arising.”