The Housing Executive has denied claims made by a local councillor that a window replacement scheme in Carnhill was halted to allow for a similar scheme to proceed in Ballymena.
Sinn Fein spokesperson on housing in Derry, Colr. Tony Hassan, made the allegations earlier this week but when contacted by The Derry Journal, the Housing Executive categorically rejected the local councillor’s accusations.
“The Carnhill scheme has not been delayed to allow a Ballymena scheme to proceed,” a Housing Executive spokesperson said.
“In fact, 88 of the properties in the Carnhill scheme are also due to get new kitchens. The Housing Executive is working to ensure that disruption to tenants is minimised. The window element of the scheme is scheduled to get underway in March.”
Earlier this week, Colr. Hassan said he intended to contact senior managers at the Housing Executive to get to the bottom of the issue.
“Recently the Housing Executive embarked on a long awaited scheme to replace windows in the Carnhill area but work stopped after around three or four homes were completed.
“I have been informed that this was to facilitate the contractor to carry out a similar scheme in Ballymena.
“The residents of Carnhill have waited over three years for this scheme and the Housing Executive need to confirm if this work has been stopped in order for the contractor to work elsewhere.
“If this is true it is totally unacceptable and I will be demanding that the work recommence in Carnhill immediately.”
He added: “I will be in contact with senior management of the Housing Executive to find out what is the reason for the delay and get a timescale as to when this much needed work is completed.”