Tenants to benefit from property improvement works

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Hundreds of Housing Executive tenants in Glengormley, Mossley and Mallusk are set to benefit from a major property maintenance programme.

The NIHE has confirmed that it is currently developing a planned maintenance scheme, which will see external improvement works carried out at 262 homes, including more than 100 properties in Queens Park and others in Old Mossley, Mallusk (Parkmount and Oakview) and Rural Gardens in Glengormley.

“The scheme is in the 2014/15 Programme, however surveys have still to be undertaken to determine the extent of the work to be carried out and the associated costs,” a spokesperson explained.

“The purpose of this scheme is to maintain the fabric of a dwelling, to keep it in a wind and weather proof condition and to rectify any potential risks to health and safety in compliance with the statutory duty of the organisation.”

Welcoming the news that the improvement works could begin early next year, North Belfast MLA Paula Bradley said: “I recently met with representatives of the Housing Executive to discuss the urgent need for investment and improvements in the Queens Park area. The Executive has confirmed that 106 properties in the estate are to be included in an external cyclical maintenance scheme scheduled to commence in Spring 2014. The Executive are currently in the process of appointing a contractor who will carry out a survey of properties in advance of the programme commencing.

“This scheme will include work to windows, doors, roofs, gutters, fencing (if provided by NIHE) and painting.”

The DUP representative added: “The Housing Minister, Nelson McCausland, has made clear his commitment to investing in the condition of our public housing stock and I warmly welcome that Housing Executive tenants in these areas will benefit from that policy.”