Yesterday, I was part of a NIFHA delegation which presented to Councillors in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, highlighting the work of the organisation and its members in the local area. NIFHA’s Chief Executive Cameron Watt and Chris Alexander, CEO of Triangle Housing Association, also attended.
Council members had the opportunity to hear about the positive work of the sector and viewed NIFHA’s Charting Our Future film, which highlights the scope and scale of the sector. Chris took the opportunity to show the new video produced by Triangle which highlights their Alternative Angles Project based in the area. Councillors heard how the lives of young people with a range of disabilities are being transformed by supporting them into employment, and the vital partnerships Triangle have built with local employers to facilitate this.
Welcoming around 500 new homes planned for the area, as set out in the new Housing Investment Plan, we explained the importance of the Council’s Local Development Plan in helping access the necessary land to ensure the plans came to fruition.
Council members had the opportunity to question us and raised issues relating to the need for more accommodation for older people in the area, particularly in some more rural locations. They also asked us about the proposals for the NIHE to transfer some of its stock in the area to housing associations as part of the small scale stock transfer scheme. We reassured Councillors that stock transfer only happened after a full consultation with local residents and a binding ballot of tenants.
We enjoyed engaging directly with locally elected representatives and always welcome opportunities to inform them of the work that we and our members are doing in their area. In mid January we look forward to presenting at both Ards and North Down and Causeway Coast and Glens Councils.