Belfast Telegraph

Ardoyne homes to receive £300k improvement work

Over 130 Housing Executive homes in Ardoyne are getting external improvements at a cost of almost £300,000.

The homes were built by the Housing Executive between 1976 and 1994 and work is being carried out as part of a cyclical maintenance programme. The areas concerned are Ardoyne Avenue and Walk; Havana Court, Gardens, Walk and Way; Jamaica Court, Road, Street and Way andKingston Court.

The majority of homes already have uPVC double glazed windows and these will be serviced as part of the scheme — homes that don’t have double glazing will get new uPVC windows. The Housing Executive will also replace any defective external doors and rainwater goods as well as carrying out repairs to roofs, chimneys, fencing, external walls, railings and paths prior to redecoration.

Malachy McKinney, the Housing Executive’s North Belfast district manager, said: “We are very glad to see this scheme starting as it further demonstrates our commitment to providing tenants in north Belfast with high quality homes. Given the nature of the scheme it will also have a very positive impact on the entire area.

“As with all schemes the emphasis is very much on customer satisfaction and to this end we will be working closely with our contractor PK Murphy and the community so that any concerns that arise during the scheme are addressed as quickly as possible. Each tenant will also be contacted in the run up to the scheme starting to ensure that they are fully aware of our proposals.”

Councillor Gerry McCabe added: “This scheme is excellent news for the residents of the Jamaica/Havana area. I have been working closely with the Jamaica/Havana residents group and together we have developed an excellent working relationship with the Housing Executive’s North Belfast District Office.

“The Jamaica/Havana residents group and I would like to thank the officers involved for all their hard work and will continue to liaise with them to ensure the scheme progresses as smoothly as possible for all the residents involved.”

Eunan McCourt, of contractors PK Murphy, said the company would be aiming for 100% satisfaction and will work closely with residents, both in the run up to work starting and while it is underway, so this can be achieved. “We have also provided tenants with an Information Booklet which not only gives practical advice but also contains a 24/7 helpline for out of hours queries,” he said.

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