Vandalism at new houses ‘attack on community’
ATTACKS on 40 new homes under construction in Dungannon have been strongly condemned by a local councillor.
With hundreds of people currently on the waiting list for a home in the town, a recent spate of vandalism at the site on the Old Ballygawley Road are putting the social housing scheme at risk of delays, according to Independent Republican representative, Barry Monteith.
Cllr Monteith, who represents Dungannon Town, contacted the Tyrone Times to highlight the issue after hearing concerns from local residents in the Cloneen area.
“Over 40 new homes are under construction in Dungannon”, explained Cllr Monteith.
“This site is for social housing and is much needed in Dungannon as there are currently hundreds on the waiting list for housing.”
Continuing, Cllr Monteith described the vandalism of recent weeks as “an attack on the local community”.
“In the last couple of weeks there have been a number of acts of vandalism to parts of the site and to plant within the site”, he explained.
“This only slows up the construction of these homes.
“We have waited a long time in Dungannon for more social housing to be provided and it is scandalous that the actions of a hooligan minority may make this wait longer.
“This vandalism is an attack on the local community who are in dire need of this affordable housing. Those involved need to take a long hard look at themselves as they offer our community nothing.”
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