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Clady schoolchildren dream big

PRIMARY schoolchildren in Clady were given the exciting opportunity to design their fantasy home recently when they took part in a Housing Executive competition.

Pupils from St Columba’s PS designed the amazing homes as part of a programme of events to determine if new social or affordable housing is needed in the rural area.

Recently the Housing Executive held a housing information event in the local community centre, where residents had the opportunity to register their interest in social or affordable housing. They were also able to speak to staff about the application process and get advice on a range of housing issues. The winners of the ‘My Dream Home’ art competition, Aimee Brown and Alfie Baulf, were also revealed.

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Eddie Doherty, the Housing Executive’s west area manager, explains why the organisation is assessing the need for housing in Clady:
“This competition is part of our housing need test which will hopefully allow us to gain an understanding of the housing needs of those interested in living in the village.

“There was a fantastic response to the competition and I was really impressed with the level of creativity in the drawings. As well as a drawing sheet, each child was given a leaflet to take home to their parent or guardian encouraging anyone in genuine housing need to come forward.

“If we identify a demand for social or affordable housing then we will examine the potential for a housing association to deliver a new build scheme.”

• Those interested in seeing more affordable or social housing in the village should contact  the Housing Executive’s Rural and Regeneration Unit on 028 9598 2502 or rural.housing@nihe.gov.uk

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