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Yvonne Crothers with her son Joshua

Yvonne Crothers with her son Joshua

Yvonne Crothers with her son Joshua

There will be houses fit for a Queen after over 40 residents in Newtownabbey benefited from a £1.74 million housing project.

The 44 houses in Queen’s Park in Glengormley were given a major make-over, which included refitted kitchens, new heating systems and new bathrooms.

The work was part of a £1.74 million refurbishment contract carried out by Merit Construction for the Housing Executive, the final phase of this work programme in the estate.

One of the residents, Yvonne Crothers, said: “It’s great to get all this work done — the house is like brand new. The kitchen extension has made a real difference and with the new heating and all the other improvements, it was a pleasure to move back in.”

Housing Executive district manager, Mairead Flatley, has described the schemes as a major boost for the area and is pleased at the high level of customer satisfaction in the contract.

She said: “At Queen’s Park, refurbishment involved an extensive range of work to give residents good quality, modern homes. This included extending and refitting kitchens, new heating systems to replace homes still using solid fuel systems, together with new bathrooms, rewiring, upgraded plumbing services and general repairs both inside and out.

“The contract included some environmental improvement and so this popular housing area has really been given a facelift.”

Belfast Telegraph