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Fencing will stop yobs congregating

Newtownards councillor Michelle McIlveen has welcomed a commitment from Helm Housing Association to erect additional fencing between Upper Crescent and De Wind Drive in Comber.

Miss McIlveen said there were concerns within the local community that a vacant area of land between both streets could lead to an “undesirable element” congregating.

“I have been working along with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Helm Housing Association over the past few months to provide greater security in the area of De Wind and Upper Crescent,” she said.

“I am very grateful that undertakings were given that there would be some shrub planting in the vacant area and that this would be gated at both ends.

“One aspect was left unresolved until recently and this concerned an area of existing fencing which separated the sites. This had fallen into considerable disrepair and if not addressed would have rendered the other works completely ineffective.

“However, I am very pleased that Helm Housing Association has given a commitment that additional fencing will be erected along this boundary which will result in the area as a whole enjoying increased security.”

A spokeswoman for Helm Housing said discussions were ongoing with the Housing Executive about who will be footing the bill for the fence, but that “it will be erected” although there was no time frame at present.

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A spokesman for the Housing Executive said: “The Housing Executive has been in discussions with Helm Housing Association and is happy to agree to Helm Housing Association constructing a fence on the boundary between Upper Crescent and Housing Executive property at De Wind Drive.

“This fence will help to protect a planted area from any instances of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.”

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