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Houses on the mend after £200k scheme

By Michael McCready

Residents in an area of south Belfast are celebrating after their houses got a makeover thanks to a £200,000 scheme.

The streets included in the scheme, which has already started, include Connaught Street, Empire Parade, Empire Street, Iverna Close, Iverna Street, Lemburg Street, Milner Street, Roden Street, Roosevelt Rise and Roosevelt Square.

A Housing Executive spokesperson said: “The work is being carried out as part of our programme to upgrade houses on a regular basis so that they continue to meet modern day standards.

“As part of the scheme original window frames, which have reached the end of their useful life, will be replaced with double glazed uPVC units — others will be serviced and repaired.

“Any defective external doors and carry out repairs to roofs, chimneys, fencing and paths will be replaced where necessary.”

Sarah Ferguson was one of the residents included and she said: “I am delighted with the improvements, particularly the new double glazed windows — they let in so much more light and are far quieter than the original ones.

“I would also like to say that the workmen were absolutely brilliant — they were really approachable and nothing was too much bother.”

Liam Kinney, the South Belfast District manager, said: “We are very glad to see this scheme starting on site as it further demonstrates our commitment to providing tenants in south Belfast with high quality homes. Given the nature of the scheme it will also have a very positive impact on the entire area.

“District Office staff and PK Murphy’s Customer Services Manager have already been in touch with tenants to ensure that they are fully aware of our proposals and will continue to liaise with them to ensure that any concerns which arise are addressed as quickly as possible.”

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