Residents who wish to downsize homes should be prioritised
By Maurice Garvey
ELDERLY residents in Crumlin who wish to downsize, should be prioritised for a new housing development in Raleigh Square, according to Sinn Féin Councillor Ray McHugh.
Work has started on the development of 33 senior citizen units in Raleigh Square.
Cllr Mc Hugh welcomed commencement work on the construction of the senior citizens units “after years of delay.”
“Builders are now on site and work has commenced on these badly needed apartments,” said Cllr McHugh.
“I have requested that some of these units would be offered to senior citizens from the area who wish to downsize and stay within the area they have lived and reared their families.
“This I believe could free up houses for families on the housing waiting list, some of them 13 years waiting for a permanent home for their family, with schools, health centre and public transport within walking distance.
He continued: “Much more is needed to be done if homelessness is going to be seriously tackled, we need urgent social housing builds to commence as soon as possible, if we are to make any inroads into the homeless problem.”