More social housing need for Kilrea?

The Housing Executive's Area Manager for Causeway Mark Alexander.
The Housing Executive's Area Manager for Causeway Mark Alexander.

The Housing Executive is currently carrying out an exercise to help decide if there is a need for new social housing in Kilrea.

As part of the exercise it is also examining interest in buying an affordable home through shared ownership – part buy/part rent.

And the Executive is calling on the Kilrea public to help them ascertain what the level of housing need is in the town.

The exercise runs until Friday, March 20 and anyone who needs a home is being encouraged to register their interest by this date.

Local Area Manager, Mark Alexander, said it was vital that those in housing need in the rural town came forward to assist the project.

Speaking to the Coleraine Times, Mr Alexander said: “Usually the Housing Executive checks its housing waiting lists to determine housing need.

“However, in rural areas people sometimes do not register as they feel they will have little chance of being housed.

“This means that in many rural areas the need for new housing can remain hidden.

“Kilrea is an area where we want to find out if houses are needed.”

It is essential that anyone in genuine housing need comes forward and registers with the Housing Executive.

If the need for new dwellings exists, this can be highlighted to Housing Associations who will seek to develop an appropriate site.

People can register by simply phoning 028 71 306169 and quote reference LD Kilrea.

If you register an interest, you may be contacted by a Housing Officer to complete an application.

The Housing Executive is grateful to local community representatives who are helping us with this exercise.

Leaflets have been distributed across the local community.