Belvoir flats should not be de­mol­ished

Belfast Telegraph - - LETTERS -

I WAS read­ing last week about the Hous­ing Ex­ec­u­tive con­sid­er­ing pro­pos­als to de­mol­ish the high-rise flats in Belfast (News, Jan­uary 4).

I have lived in Belvoir Park for many years and well-re­call the Belvoir flats be­ing built. In my es­ti­ma­tion, since their re­fur­bish­ment and the in­stal­la­tion of se­cu­rity mea­sures, they ap­pear to be in bet­ter con­di­tion now than ever.

I know, and have known, many res­i­dents of the flats over the years, and was al­ways im­pressed by the sat­is­fac­tion they ex­pressed with the qual­ity of the homes.

Ap­par­ently, there are cur­rently around 10,000 house­holds on hous­ing wait­ing lists across Belfast, with a fur­ther 7,000 in “hous­ing stress”.

I find it in­cred­i­ble that it could make any sense, ei­ther eco­nom­i­cally or so­cially, to flat­ten per­fectly ser­vice­able hous­ing.

The Hous­ing Ex­ec­u­tive should be aware of the cost that such mea­sures would have, not just to the pub­lic purse but, im­por­tantly, the im­pact on the res­i­dents who call these flats home.

TOM GIR­VAN Belfast

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