In a new year’s statement Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the amount of new builds of social and private housing planned in the city for 2017 from various housing Associations and building contractors but is asking have they got enough social clauses in the building of these homes and employing local labour.
The Derry Housing spokesperson said
Lots of new building work in the private and social sector will happen this year in Derry so I feel it’s very important to ask will there be enough social clauses used by the developers in all of the building work.
This would take people in the building trade off the dole and give them work.One of the complaints I would receive as a councillor is that developers are not using the social clauses as much as they should be. I hope it’s something that building contractors will take on board.
I think it’s important to point out that Derry/Strabane council is a strong advocate for the use of social clauses.
Concluding he said
With the plans for large scale building projects in the Waterside of private developments and others across the city along with the opening up of the H2 site on the Buncrana Road can only be a positive in providing a good mix of housing provision that will put a big dent in the housing waiting lists.