LOCAL people interested in housing in the Ballymaguigan area should register their interest as soon as possible with the Housing Executive, councillor Peter Bateson has said.
The Sinn Fein representative made his comments after news the social housing authority is assessing if there is hidden demand for homes in the area.
The process, known as Latent Demand Testing, is to establish if there are people who wish to live in Ballymaguigan but are unable to find a house. The process is has been ongoing from the 6th of February and will run until next Friday, March 2nd.
Councillor Bateson said: “It is very important that anyone that feels they have a need for more housing in the area registers their interest. This could be someone that needs, or will soon need, a house or someone that has had to move away from the area due to the lack of housing but would like to return home. If it is shown that there is a need then we could see new social or affordable housing for the community in Ballymaguigan.
“People should understand that this is not a pointless exercise, the amount of interest shown will be used as a barometer for the need to develop more accommodation in the area. I have been stopped by people from the area about this and I know that there is some interest so this opportunity should not be missed. It is only a case of placing a phone call to register your interest so if you, or someone close to you, is in need then please ensure that the phone call is made.”
The opportunity to register will close Friday, March 2nd. Anyone wishing to register an interest should contact the Housing Executive on 02871 306169 before 2nd March 2012 quoting reference ‘LD Ballymaguigan’.