LOCAL school children from St. Trea’s Primary School Ballymaguigan have taken part in the Housing Executive’s ‘Draw Your Dream Home’ competition.
The competition is part of a programme of events to help decide if new social or affordable housing is needed in the Ballymaguigan area.
Brendan Adams, Magherafelt District Housing Manager explained: “We are encouraging anyone in housing need to register with us. Often in rural areas people don’t register as they feel they will have little chance of being housed in their local area. However this leads to a situation where no new homes are ever provided because there is no apparent need.”
“As well as a drawing sheet, each child was given a leaflet for their parent or guardian encouraging anyone in genuine housing need to come forward. It was very difficult to choose the winners as the standard of the entries was so high. While we might not be able to provide all of the great features designed by the children like swimming pools and games rooms, identifying that there is a need is the first step on the road to providing decent homes where they are needed.”
“I would encourage anyone in housing need in Ballymaguigan to register before 2nd March 2012 by ringing 028 71306169.”
Mr Adams also thanked St. Trea’s Primary School for their help in organising the competition. The winner of the competition was Cerys Murphy, Primary 4. Second place was Meabh Tohill, Primary 3 and Third place was Lauren Crozier, Primary 6.