Sinn Féin Foyle MP, Elisha Mc Callion has hosted a meeting with senior representatives from the Housing Executive and residents of Bluebell Hill Gardens in the Brandywell.
This meeting was requested after the news that the scheme to remedy serious problems with damp, which was due to begin in October this year was to be delayed even further.
“The meeting with Housing Executive was very constructive. We have been given assurances that this scheme should go ahead in February 2018. This is welcome news for the residents affected and I have asked the Housing Executive to fast track the installation of new kitchens and bathrooms for these dwellings, which are long overdue. The Housing Executive are confident that this is possible and have agreed to reconvene with residents in the New Year with a definitive timescale of when these works would be carried out.” Elisha Mc Callion commented.
Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue, who has been campaigning on behalf of the residents to have these works completed, said “I am pleased with today’s meeting. I have been working on this issue now for several years and hopefully we will now see this program delivered without any further delays. The additional work including the bathroom and kitchen upgrades alongside a full review of the electrical wiring in these houses is welcome news .The Housing Executive are now also exploring the possibility of installing gas in the area in the near future.”
Commenting further the Foyle MP said “We must now ensure that there is no further delay in the delivery of these much needed works and I am hopeful that at this time next year the residents of Bluebell will be living in the standard of homes that they deserve”