“Residents must be at the heart of tower blocks plans’ - Ní Chuilín
Residents must be fully informed and their needs central to any Housing Executive plans for the future of tower blocks here, Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilín has said.
The North Belfast MLA was commenting ahead of a Housing Executive board meeting today to discuss the future of residential tower blocks.
She said: “The Housing Executive must inform residents in detail about how any plans are likely to affect them.
“Where tower blocks are being retained for the present, residents need to know what refurbishment and additional fire safety measures will be undertaken and when.
“Where tower blocks are being fast tracked for demolition, residents need to know when and where they are to be rehoused.
“The Housing Executive must also make it clear how it is going to tackle rehousing those people living in areas already struggling with a shortage of social housing and what rights sitting tenants will have to be housed within the same area.
“For those residents who own their own flat in blocks currently earmarked to be retained, they will need to know if they will be included in refurbishment.
“Those flat owners in blocks earmarked for demolition need to be informed about compensation and rehousing options.
“Since the tragic fire at Grenfell, tower blocks and their future have rightly been the focus of widespread concern.
“Throughout, Sinn Fein’s main focus has been the safety and security of residents and that will remain the case.
“It is paramount that the voices of residents are not only heard but also heeded by the Housing Executive.”