The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has announced that it will carry out a survey of homes affected by damp in Bluebell Hill Gardens in the Brandywell area of Derry.
The news was welcomed by local Sinn Fein Councillor Patricia Logue, who said she had been contacted by residents living in the area about the issue.
“I have been receiving a lot of complaints from residents regarding dampness and the effects that it was having on their homes and their daily lives,” said Colr. Logue.
“We all know the problems damp can have on a home and the effects it has on peoples’ health. The Housing Executive have been doing a lot of work to try and address this but the residents I have spoken to said it wasn’t working. The residents have told me that they believe a long term solution to this problem has to be agreed upon.”
Colr. Logue encouraged all residents living in the Bluebell Hill Gardens area to avail of the survey as it could result is a better quality of life for anyone living in a house affected by damp.
“I am pleased to inform residents of Bluebell Hill Gardens in the Brandywell that the NIHE have now appointed consultants to survey all Housing Executive properties on the street.
I am encouraging all residents to use this opportunity to raise the issue of dampness and any other concerns they may have.”
It is thought that the Housing Executive survey could be completed by Christmas and Colr. Logue said that once the findings of the survey are complete it is her understanding that the Housing Executive will call a public meeting to inform the residents of their conclusions.
“The Housing Executive hope to have this survey completed by Christmas .I will be hosting another public meeting when the results of the survey are known.This meeting will enable us to develop a way forward for residents,” said Colr. Logue.