Lisburn South Alliance representative Amanda Grehan has welcomed news that a contractor has been appointed to repair up to 800 Housing Executive properties across Lisburn. The move comes after the Lagan Valley Alliance team applied pressure in the Assembly on the subject.
Ms Grehan, who is well known for her work on housing in the Lagan Valley Alliance office in Graham Gardens, stated: “The announcement of a contractor is long overdue, but at least now it looks like we will be able to get on with tackling the backlog.
“As just one example, I have had one constituent waiting since the start of last summer for a window to be replaced. This alone has had a severely detrimental effect on one household’s quality of life.
“Since then, I myself have visited countless properties across Lisburn, and come across issues with rising damp, problems with heating and insulation, and in one case one person who has been unable to wash at home for months due to a broken shower.
“It is bad enough to find people struggling to make ends meet on a disposable income of just £71 per week. When you add that to severe discomfort and a huge hit to their quality of life in their own home, the situation had become beyond unacceptable.
“It is unfortunate that we had to go the Assembly route to get a result on such a basic necessity. Nevertheless, we will continue to work for everyone across the new Lisburn/Castlereagh district to ensure matters are put right quickly, and such a deplorable situation is never again repeated.”