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Ards to benefit from £400k kitchen scheme

Movilla and Bowtown estates in Newtownards are to benefit from a kitchen replacement initiative as part of a £6 million investment in housing maintenance schemes across Northern Ireland.

Approximately £283,000 and £122,000 are being invested in new kitchens in Movilla and Bowtown respectively.

Owen Brady, the Housing Executive’s manager in Newtownards, welcomed the news which has just been announced by Minister for Social Development Margaret Ritchie.

“These schemes are a welcome boost to the people living in these areas of Newtownards,” he said.

“The kitchens are being upgraded with new units and worktops and, with electrical and plumbing upgrades also included, it means that tenants will benefit from modern standard facilities.

“This investment demonstrates the Housing Executive’s commitment to improving the living conditions of its tenants.”

The Bowtown properties to benefit from the new scheme are in Fairfield Court, Fairfield Place and Fairfield Way.

Homes included in the Movilla scheme are in Ardmore Avenue, Cranmore Avenue, Culmore Avenue, East Street, Frances Street, Greenwell Street, North Street, Queens Square, Slievemore Avenue, Stranmore Avenue, Upper Movilla Street, Wallaces Street and Zion Place.

Councillor Simon Hamilton, who is chair of Stormont’s Social Development Committee, said: “I know that the £283,000 and £122,000 being invested in new kitchens in Movilla and Bowtown respectively will be warmly received by the tenants in both areas. In the case of the Bowtown, for example, the kitchens being replaced are over 20 years old.

“The standard of the Housing Executive stock across Northern Ireland was recently independently assessed as being amongst the best in the UK and it is only by continuing to invest in it in the way we are seeing in Movilla and Bowtown that the high quality of the Housing Executive’s properties will be maintained.”

Work has already begun on some of the properties.

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