I would insist that we build social and affordable homes on public lands, with increased importance on infrastructure and facilities to create communities rather than developments. Increase the 10 percent allocation of social homes by private developers to a new 10 percent affordable, 10 percent social allocation.
The spiralling cost of rent is a result of the broken plan by government to rely on the private sector to supply homes. We will only have affordable rents when government moves away from relying on this model to councils building more social homes each year to increase supply which will deflate the current cost and demand for the private rental properties. We also need to protect those who do decide to rent with more protections in place. Rental terms should be longer in some cases and give tenure for the life of the tenant with the letting attached to the property.
There are many different types of homelessness. The current figures are stark and one figure that jumps out to me is 3,821 children! The result of this should have had government call for a national emergency and all planning laws etc. put aside while this crisis is remedied. The number of long-term homelessness citizens is down to a number of societal issues and we should house these citizens in dedicated shared homes with on-site facilities for addiction, health, education and daily needs provided for, of people struggling to deal with regular responsibilities of a regular homelife.
As a volunteer on the Royal Canal and in the community I see the impact on nature of the problem of littering and dumping and the success and re-emergence of nature when action is taken. I would be all for bringing waste management back under the control of the council which would greatly reduce dumping. Regarding dog poo, I feel we should educate people on the dangers and disadvantage of this on our streets and in the environment. Recently a dog poo bin has been installed at the gates of our local park and this is greatly reducing the amount of poo in the park and the surrounding areas.
I have just finished a course provided by Dublin City Council with a top advocate for biodiversity and bioscaping, which gave me great insight on how we can improve what is currently being done which destroys nature like pesticides and over pruning/mowing and how we can change this. Recently I have requested that Dublin City Council roll out a free-tree scheme for every household, I am awaiting a reply. We need to rewild what we already have and think about planning with green spaces a must for any development.
Public spaces are shared spaces and we must protect and take ownership of any shared space in our own communities. I am currently setting up an environmental group in my community and actively seeking volunteers. Check out my social media for information. Planning needs also to be pro-nature and green spaces and this needs to be a big part of every development.