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Downpatrick residents get back home

Published: Tue, 5 Aug 2014
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The McLaughlin House residents are happy to be returnuing home
saul Road Downpatrick
A bin set on fire in a communal stairwell at our McLaughlin House in Downpatrick caused substantial damage at the end of May.
But thanks to the work of the organisation’s team and contractors the tenants were all back in their homes six weeks later.
We spent approximately £15,000 on the repairs to the block of six apartments.  All McLaughlin House tenants had to move out at some stage during the refurbishment with an average three weeks each. The majority were able to stay with family and friends but the Housing Executive provided temporary accommodation locally for Mr & Mrs Trainor (pictured) for the two weeks when work was carried out.
James and Susan Trainor have lived in McLaughlin House for over 50 years and were understandably highly distressed by what happened.  However, the swift action and care of the Housing Executive helped during what was a challenging time.  Mr Trainor commented:
“We are very impressed with the service received from the Housing Executive and are delighted with the high standard of the work and how quickly it was completed.”
Their neighbour, Michael McKinney, was one of the worst affected by the fire.  He was also pleased to return to his home now that all the work is completed and said:
“I was very upset by what happened. But the concern shown by the Housing Executive team and their contractors was terrific and I’d like to thank them for getting us all back into our homes so quickly.”
Our local Maintenance Manager, Colm Brennan, is delighted with the feedback:
“When such a fire happens it is upsetting for all.  The co-operation and flexibility of our tenants during the refurbishment was much appreciated by the team. We are so pleased with the positive comments from all of the tenants about us and the standard of the refurbishment by ESE. On behalf of all involved we wish our tenants well as they return home.”