Press Releases | SDLP Faughan and Waterside Councillors meet Northern Ireland Housing Executive

SDLP Faughan and Waterside Councillors meet Northern Ireland Housing Executive

SDLP Faughan and Waterside Councillors have met with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to discuss a range of issues in the Waterside and Rural areas.

Speaking after leading a delegation of Councillors to meet with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to discuss a range of issues in the Waterside and Rural areas, SDLP Group Leader and Waterside Councillor Martin Reilly said,

“The SDLP had a very productive meeting with senior NIHE officials to discuss a number of issues facing people on housing lists across the Waterside and Faughan districts. Along with my colleagues, I pressed the Housing Executive on what work they are undertaking in conjunction with other social housing partners to address the substantial need for social housing provision here in this part of the Northwest. While such projects as the development of around 80 new homes on the former Immaculate Conception College site in Gobnascale are positive, there remains a huge demand to be addressed.”

Continuing Councillor Reilly said,

“This meeting allowed us to hear about NIHE plans for land development for social housing in the Waterside in terms of their own ground and also other public lands that could be used to address housing stress. I also sought clarity on the current waiting times and the existing points based system to get an allocation. We also discussed their strategies for building social cohesion in our society something that is important in building shared community space and underpinning a peaceful future for the next generation.”

Continuing Waterside Councillor Tina Gardiner said,

“As well as pressing for new developments, the SDLP also sought updates on planned investment by the Housing Executive in their own stock. It was positive news that many properties across BT47 will see External Cyclical Maintenance schemes rolled out over the next financial year which involves improved windows frames, doors and double glazing which tenants can look forward to. Also continued investment in improving heating systems is further good news as more efficient boilers have both financial and environmental benefits for people here.”

Faughan Councillor Gus Hastings said,

“Both my colleagues and I value the work being carried out by the local NIHE staff in terms of their day to day engagement with tenants and problem handling. I raised issues regarding empty unit in Strathfoyle that could be brought back into life and bring benefit to the area. Across Faughan we discussed investment in the particular issues facing rural communities and those villages like Claudy and Park. I will continue to engage with NIHE on behalf of our rural dwellers.”

Concluding Faughan Councillor Jim McKeever said,

“I worked closely with NIHE staff during the recent flooding in Eglinton. This meeting allowed me to raise plans for further development of social housing in the Eglinton area where need is high but can’t be accommodated in the available provision. That’s why I want to see the circumstances in Eglinton be given full consideration during the formation of the Council’s Local Development Plan to alleviate these pressures.”

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