Minister McCausland unveils new homes

The Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, pictured presenting Bernadette Frazer, with her keys to her new home at Rosemount Cottages, Creggan Road. Included, are Marjorie Keenan, chairperson and Gerry Kelly, chief executive. Photo: Stephen latimer

The Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, pictured presenting Bernadette Frazer, with her keys to her new home at Rosemount Cottages, Creggan Road. Included, are Marjorie Keenan, chairperson and Gerry Kelly, chief executive. Photo: Stephen latimer

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Social Development minister Nelson McCausland visited Derry this week to officially open a new housing development built on the site of a former police station in Rosemount.

Mr McCausland handed over the keys of the first houses of the Rosemount Cottages development to the new residents when he visited the site on Wednesday.

17 new homes have been built in the development and the construction work took just 14 months.

Welcoming the new residents to their homes, the minister said; “These new modern family homes have been built and designed to the latest standards that will protect tenants from the threat of fuel poverty in the years ahead.

“It is also fitting that these houses on the site of a former PSNI station have been designed with the support of the PSNI to make them as safe and secure as possible.”

It was the DUP MLA’s first visit to the city since taking up his new portfolio last month.

During his visit, he also travelled to the Creggan estate to meet residents of Rinmore Drive for an update on his department’s plans to modernise homes in the area.

Rinmore residents recently voted overwhelmingly to the first stock transfer of its kind that will see responsibility and ownership of their homes transfer from the Housing Executive to a locally based Housing Association. “Since taking on my new portfolio, I have heard much about the scheme at Rinmore and the work put in by local people on the ground.

“That is why I was keen on my first visit to Londonderry to come here, meet residents and see for myself what has been so overwhelmingly voted for by them.”