Bessbrook estate residents ‘at breaking point’

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Friday, January 25th, 2019

Newry Mourne and Down Councillor Roisin Mulgrew has said that urgent action needs to be taken to halt the ongoing serious antisocial behaviour and criminal activities taking place at Dobson’s Way Estate near Bessbrook.

The most recent incident resulted in a wall being deliberately demolished.



The local Councillor said that the vast majority of residents of the Housing Estate were at breaking point and demanded urgent action.

The Sinn Féin representative explained, “I have worked tirelessly with local residents to address issues within this development.

“The vast majority of residents had moved into these beautiful houses thinking that they would be their forever homes and that they and their families would benefit for the fantastic schools and facilities that the village has to offer. However, reality has been much different.”



The Councillor said she had raised the concerns of residents repeatedly with the Clanmil Housing Association and the PSNI. “I cannot overstate the amount of stress that many of these residents are enduring.

“Several families have asked to be rehoused but are in the ridiculous situation that because they have a house they can get no housing points to allow a move to happen.”



The Councillor continued, “This criminal act has further compounded the situation here. I share the belief of many tenants and residents here that the Housing Association here is failing in their duty of care to them. This has dragged on too long.”

Councillor Mulgrew added, “It is essential that all agencies involved  come together and support the families of Dobson’s Way.

“There now is a growing demand and expectation that any tenants found to be involved in this ongoing anti-social behaviour and acts of criminal damage should have their tenancies terminated. People are entitled to live in peace.”



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