07 Aug 2022

A number of anti-social tenants have been evicted from one of Derry's newest housing developments

Action has been taken to remove anti-social tenants from one of city’s newest housing estates, the Derry News can reveal. Clanmil Housing is the association responsible for the Balliniska development which has been at the centre of a number of unsavoury incidents since welcoming its first tenants in April of 2018. A year on, in April of this year, Clanmil confirmed that complaints had been received about a “small number of tenants” living at the Northland Road housing estate and an investigation was launched. Various court cases have appeared in the Derry News detailing arrests at Balliniska Heights for assaults and drugs offences over the past year. The most high profile of those was linked to an incident where a man allegedly raped and attempted to kill a woman. The alleged victim was discovered on the Northland Road with serious injuries. That court case is still active with the accused due to appear at a Magistrate’s sitting later this month. All seven charges from the first appearance on 8th April 2019 remain. It is understood that residents have also raised concerns about “parties and fighting”. In a statement to the Derry News this week, a spokesperson for Clanmil Housing revealed that a number of people have been expelled from the development. “We are continuing to work with our tenants and relevant agencies to ensure that Ballinaska is a good place to live. “We have been taking, and will continue to take, action where there is evidence of breach of tenancy. “A number of people have left the development as a result of our work to ensure tenancy obligations are being met. “We do not, however, comment publicly on individual cases,” she added. Speaking yesterday Independent councillor for the Foyleside area Sean Carr said that although the housing association has met with some tenants individually to discuss their concerns, there is still a desire to air their views collectively. The social housing site with 76 homes welcomed its first occupants in April of last year. The development, known as Balliniska Heights and Balliniska Avenue were constructed by the Clanmil Housing Group at the Northland Road, comprising of 37 two-bed apartments, 10 three-bed houses and four two-bedroom houses. The development, adjacent to the First Source call centre, also includes 15 one-bedroom apartments and 10 two-bed apartments for the ‘active elderly’.

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