Belfast Telegraph

NIHE ‘unlikely’ to meet targets

The Housing Executive has warned it will probably fail to meet its maintenance targets for east Belfast in the current year.

In a letter to MLA Robin Newton, assistant district manager Alice Mills outlined the planned programme but admitted: “The start dates for these schemes is dependent on the availability of finance and based on previous budgets it is unlikely we will be able to start all of these schemes in the current financial year.

“This list of schemes is more likely to form the basis of our programme for the next two to three years.”

The list includes kitchen replacements in Ashmount (89), Edenvale/ Sydenham (157), Clarawood (93), Clarawood/ Edenvale bungalows (28), Erskine Street/ Chamberlain Street (68) and Willowfield/Upper Castlereagh (56).

The Executive had planned 418 external maintenance programmes which included windows at Carnet House, 158 units at Summerhill/Ardcarn and 189 |at Albertbridge Road/Tower Street.

They also planned to replace 47 room heaters dated before 2000. “Should funding become available to start more than this, then we will add further schemes to the programme as necessary,” the letter continues.

Ms Mills wrote: “At present in east Belfast there is one kitchen scheme on site at Holland Drive/ Wandsworth for 55 dwellings |and a small scheme for heating at Avoniel Road and Kimona Street.

“We are hopeful that, as well as continuing with our rolling programme of kitchen replacement schemes, to be able to give consideration to adding schemes to the programme for window replacement and Economy 7 heating.”

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