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Major investment for local homes

Cllr Paul Gallagher with Springhill resident Kaye Tinney who is delighted that the windows will be replaced in the estate. DR76

A MAJOR overhaul of over 100 Housing Executive properties in Strabane is to take place in the coming months, alongside a £660,000 investment.

Confirmed to the Strabane Chronicle by the housing body, the scheme will feature “a range of improvements” not least new double glazing for 107 homes in the Springhill area.

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Back in March 2014 the Housing Executive apologised after this newspaper reported that some homes in Springhill were deemed unfit for purpose. At the time, locals spoke of leaking windows and doors rattling on ill-fitting frames. 

“This investment has to be welcomed,” Strabane independent councillor, Paul Gallagher said.

Cllr Gallagher, who has been campaigning for upgrades to local homes for the past half decade says the new scheme should make “a massive difference” to people’s home lives. “That this work will happen in conjunction with the installation of gas in the area will bring housing up to a much better standard,” he said.

“It’ll be economical, more energy efficient and with the new windows, it’ll mean that people’s heat isn’t going out the window.

“This should save people money in the long run, not to mention being good for the environment.”

A spokesperson for the Housing Executive explained that locals can expect the new window installations to begin this August.

“We carry out a range of improvements to our tenants’ homes on a regular basis to ensure that they continue to meet modern standards,” they said.

“This year we are investing over £660,000 in our properties in Springhill Park, Strabane.

“Currently 98 tenants living in the estate are getting their heating systems upgraded. 

“In August we will begin installing new double glazing and carrying out a range of external improvements to 107 homes. 

“As with all maintenance schemes, the emphasis is very much on customer satisfaction and so we work very closely with our contractors and tenants to ensure the work is carried out with minimal disruption.”

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