‘Keep Bessbrook housing project on track’ – Brady

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Questions have arisen over a housing scheme at the Green Road, Bessbrook which would see the construction of 62 properties for social housing. A dispute has arisen between the developers, Clanmil, and Firmus Gas over provision of energy to this site. Sinn Fein MLA Micky Brady has been in contact with both parties to try and secure a resolution to this issue and ensure that the project continues as planned. Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said, “These homes have been designed to use natural gas so this dispute could cost a significant amount of money which would be required to redesign the site to accommodate oil tanks, concrete bases for the oil tanks and different types of boilers for all the 62 houses.” He continued, “I would also be concerned that, with it being social housing, oil may not be as economically efficient to the future tenants and in the current economic crisis we need to be mindful of people’s budgets.” Local Sinn Féin Councillor Turlough Murphy added, “I would hope both Firmus Gas and Clanmil Housing Association can reach agreement to provide a cost effective service to the future tenants of the 62 social houses and to prevent an unnecessary redevelopment of the site.”
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