‘Make use of Whitecross empty properties’ – Mulgrew

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
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Sinn Fein councillor Roisin Mulgrew has called on the Housing Executive to make use of empty properties in Whitecross.

Cllr Mulgrew outside the Whitecross property

The south Armagh representative said there were two houses in particular that had been left lying empty since 2012 while families in the area needed accommodation. “After a clinic in Whitecross last year it was brought to my attention that two properties in particular, which had been converted into one large dwelling to accommodate a family with complex needs, had been lying empty for about eighteen months,” she said. “The original family had moved on following a bereavement. At the time Housing Executive said the contract to convert back into two family homes was out to tender. Here we are one year later while the number of repossessions of family homes and private landlord rental properties continues to grow. “As a councillor I get contacted almost weekly from families living in cramped, sub standard accommodation and yet two perfectly good homes are left to rot for almost two and a half years. “I would call on the housing executive to come out and explain the delay in refurbishing these homes. The demand for family homes in Whitecross is high and it is a credit to the community that these properties have not been vandalised in anyway,” Mulgrew added.

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