Housing Executive to spend £9.7m in area

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The Housing Executive is to spend almost £9.7 million on ‘priority’ maintenance on homes in the area this coming year .

It will include the installation of double glazing in 1,241 houses, outside maintenance work to 1,088, new heating in 539, and kitchen replacements for 180 homes.

This is just part of the total £21.5m spend planned for 2015/16 in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon. The Housing Executive will also support the delivery of new homes, support people to live independently, increase the energy efficiency of homes and provide grant aid in the private sector.

The details were revealed when the body met Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough last week to outline its plans for the next four years and report on last year’s investment.

The meeting represented the Executive’s annual consultation with local government and was the first with the newly established councils.

The Housing Investment Plan (HIP) which it presented replaced the District Housing Plan of previous years.

During 2015/18, in partnership with housing associations, 205 new homes are planned in 15 schemes.

Through its landlord and regional services last year the Housing Executive invested £21.5m in the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area.

Speaking at the presentation, Comghal McQuillan, the Housing Executive’s south regional manager, said, “There is a lot of work that needs to be done to meet housing need, improve housing stock and provide support for the most vulnerable in our community. We at the Housing Executive will continue to play our part to ensure this work is delivered efficiently, effectively and judiciously.”

Denise McNally, area manager, said, “Our teams in Armagh City, Banbridge, Lurgan and Portadown provide a high quality dedicated housing service to the borough council area. They work alongside our customer services unit, accounts and housing benefit teams to provide our tenants and the wider community with an effective and efficient service.”