Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has visited Housing Executive houses in North Belfast where works are being carried out to improve their thermal efficiency.
The homes at Cliftondene Park in North Belfast are part of a programme of works to improve the energy efficiency of almost 1,900 Housing Executive properties.
The Department for Communities, on behalf of the Housing Executive was successful in securing €22.951 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) managed by the Department for the Economy, to take forward the programme, with match funding from the Housing Executive.
The Minister said:
“My Department supported the Housing Executive in securing this investment which will make such a difference to all those tenants living in older homes, especially as we move out of the summer months and in to the colder Autumn and Winter. The improvements will give tenants warmer homes, resulting in more comfortable, healthier living conditions and lower heating bills. I was pleased to see some of the work that is underway on some of the properties in North Belfast today and to hear the difference it will make.
“I am committed to improving the quality of our housing stock. I have set out the biggest reform of social housing in over 50 years and how the revitalisation of the Housing Executive will be the key to delivering for tenants now and in to the future.
“In recent months, I have ensured that more capital has been directed to the Housing Executive to invest in their stock and have secured their exemption from paying Corporation Tax which will result in millions of pounds of additional investment in their homes each year.
“I am also pleased this European funding was secured, which will, with match funding from the Housing Executive deliver improvements to 1,900 homes. Tenants deserve to live in warm and comfortable homes.”
Enhancements to the thermal efficiency of these homes include External Wall Insulation, new double glazing and improved roofs.
Notes to editors:
1. Caption: Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey (centre) is pictured at Housing Executive homes at Cliftondene Park in North Belfast where works are being carried out to improve their thermal efficiency including insulation, new double glazing and improved roofs. The Minister is pictured with (L) Grainia Long, CEO of the Housing Executive and (R) Gerry McEvoy of contractor M&M construction.
2. The Minister visited Cliftondene Park in North Belfast which is one of many that will benefit from this funding. The works at this site will be carried out and completed by M&M construction Ltd.
3. The project aims to improve the energy performance of Housing Executive homes, and has been made possible by funding of €22.951 million secured from the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through its Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland 2014-2020.
4. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit European Growth Funding
5. The Department for Economy is the Managing Authority of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Northern Ireland.
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