McGimpsey calls for investment in Finaghy High Rise Flats

Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for South Belfast, Michael McGimpsey has written to the Minister for Social Development calling for funding to be made available to complete a major Renovation of the exterior of the high rise flats in Finaghy.

His call for investment in Moveen and Moylena House comes after meeting with local residents who outlined the poor state of the exterior of the flats, particularly the windows, exterior render and bin shoots.

In a statement Mr McGimpsey said, “While there has been considerable work completed on the interior of the flats, the exterior, particularly the render and windows have been left to deteriorate until they are long past their best.  Residents have reported problems with condensation, damp and poor heat retention in the flats as the windows are in such a poor state.”

“The Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Department for Social Development as landlords have a responsibility to their tenants to ensure the properties are in a good state of repair.”

“I have met with local representatives of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and am content that they are committed to completing the work necessary to bring the flats up to standard.  It is therefore the responsibility of the Minister for Social Development and his department to ensure that the finance is found to cover the cost of the essential maintenance so residents can again enjoy a good quality of life.”

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