Social Housing project a turning point for Dungiven - Mayor

Mayor of Limavady Sinn Féin Councillor Sean McGlinchey expressed his delight that a significant social housing construction project has received planning approval at this month’s meeting of Limavady Council Planning and Development Services Committee. Work on seventeen two storey dwellings and associated car parking and roads at lands south and east of Ard na Smoll in Dungiven will now commence.

Mayor McGlinchey said: “I firmly believe this is a turning point for the town of Dungiven. In recent times my heart has been broken to see so many young couples whose families have lived in this town for generations having to move away due to the lack of affordable social housing. It will also take scores of skilled tradesmen off benefit and back to work, restore their dignity and inject much needed money into the local economy. This is the largest single construction project passed by Limavady Council since I was first elected as a councillor. I am confident it is a sign of better times to come for this town”

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín a native of Dungiven town added: “This is a tremendous boost for my hometown and hopefully will give other developers the confidence to get back to business. The need for social housing in this area is critical and the Housing Executive’s Limavady District Housing Plan and Local Housing Strategy 2011/12 does not fill me with much confidence. In this report the social housing need projection for Limavady Borough to 2015 is only 77 units. Their projections are calculated using waiting list trends, supply trends and other demographic and local information. The Social Housing Development Programme is formulated using the Housing Executive’s housing needs assessments and strategic guidelines to help address social housing need. It is likely that the budget for social housing will be significantly reduced in the coming years and this will inevitably affect the delivery of schemes locally.” .

“We must encourage the private sector to bridge the gap and match demand with supply and get people back to work. In East Derry our party is now committed to helping the business sector with planning or grant aid application difficulties and navigate them through the “red tape jungle”. I would encourage any business in need of support to contact me at your local Advice Centre on 028 777 42488,” concluded Mr Ó hOisín.