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McMullan meets DSD minister over lack of social housing in Glens area

1 December, 2015 - by Oliver McMullan

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan said there is an urgent need for more social housing in the Glens area. 

The East Antrim MLA said; 

"I met with the Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey this morning to discuss the severe lack of social housing in the Glens and Carnlough areas in particular. 

"The lack of social housing is a hugely important issue in the area and many people have been forced to leave the communities they grew up in in order to find accommodation in urban areas. 

"No new social houses have been built in the mid Glens area for almost 30 years and that is unacceptable. 

"I also raised concerns about the lack of housing provision in the Whiteabbey and Glenville Road areas. 

"During the meeting I also pressed the minister on why the kitchen replacement scheme at Shane's Park in Cushendun has been put back until the middle of 2016. This has rightly caused anger in the local community. I asked the minister to ensure this scheme takes place as originally planned as these kitchens are long overdue. 

"The minister listened to my concerns and said he would revisit the social housing provision in the East Antrim area and will meet with the Housing Executive and I to take this forward. 

"I will be following this up with the minister to ensure that progress is made for the many people on housing waiting lists." 

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