Council to work with Housing Executive to find solution

The derelict flats on the Old Irish Highway have been the scene of anti-social behaviour over the years. INNT 33-004-FP
The derelict flats on the Old Irish Highway have been the scene of anti-social behaviour over the years. INNT 33-004-FP
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NEWTOWNABBEY Borough Council has said it will work with the Housing Executive to reach a solution on the dangerous flats in Rathcoole.

A meeting has been planned with councillors, council officers and an owner of some of the flats in the building for this week.

A council spokeswoman said: “The council has been working with the Housing Executive to resolve the matter at Old Irish Highway flats. Further discussions will take place together with the owners to ensure a permanent solution is achieved.”

A spokeswoman for the Housing Executive added: “The Housing Executive shares local concerns caused by this block of eight privately owned flats at Old Irish Highway in Rathcoole.

“The block has been vacant for some time and the focus of anti-social activity in the area. While the Housing Executive is not responsible for the block, we have cleared rubbish from the area on a number of occasions.

“Although our District Manager is unable to attend a meeting with the council and owner later this week, she met on site on Monday, August 13, with the Minister for Social Development (DSD), local public representatives and council officials and has asked to be kept informed of the outcomes of the meeting.

“As the flats are privately owned, any proposals seeking action by the Housing Executive would be subject to DSD approval.”