‘Over 2000 families looking for 67 homes’

Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan.
Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan.

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the news from Apex Housing that it has allocated the first of 67 new social homes at Bradley’s Pass in Shantallow.

Colr. Hassan described the development as good news for the area and revealed the official name of the new development

“This is good news for social housing provision in Shantallow as it will provide families with a modern well equipped home.

“Apex Housing has said that 23 homes out of the 67 units have been allocated this week and have also confirmed the official name of the development is to be Racecourse Mews.”

Colr. Hassan went on to say that much more is needed to be done to tackle the social housing issue in Derry and he called upon Minister for the Environment, SDLP MLA for Foyle, Mark H. Durkan to look into the possibility of going ahead with a social housing project near the Skeoge Road.

“However the number of people waiting for a home in the city has increased dramatically over the past few years with more than 550 people on the homeless list in the Collon office alone.

“There are 2000 families looking for 67 homes in Shantallow - if this doesn’t show that the issue of social housing needs addressing then I don’t know what will.

“It is therefore crucial that with over 2000 people on the citywide list that Minister Nelson McCausland follows up this development with a major development on the Skeoge lands that will help alleviate the crisis in housing,” he said.