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21/09/2021

Derry MLA welcomes suspension of Housing Executive stock transfer at Rossville Street

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SDLP MLA for Foyle Mark H Durkan has welcomed confirmation from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive that the proposed transfer of houses at Rossville Street to a housing association has been suspended. Mr Durkan commented: "Since this transfer of housing stock was first mooted, residents have been anxious about what implications it might have for them and were angry at what seemed to be a lack of regard for their views as tenants. "I personally raised these concerns in the Assembly almost two years ago; discussions were ongoing about 'housing units' with scant consideration that these 'units' are families' homes. "As well as particular concerns that such a transfer could result in increased rent charges against a backdrop of austerity, I aired fears that this represented a further erosion of the NIHE. "It is the SDLP's view that the Housing Executive should be given more resources and more powers to build more much-needed homes. I am pleased that this move has been suspended and also that a moratorium on maintenance work has now been lifted. "We must now seek clarification as to what 'suspension' actually means - will this proposal be revisited in the future? I certainly hope not but residents need peace of mind."

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