The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock has welcome housing researchers who are visiting Derry on a study tour as part of ENHR2016.

“I am delighted to welcome this delegation of housing experts to the city for the first hosting of the conference in Northern Ireland. As a district we have seen much positive development and regeneration in recent years but we still rely heavily on the provision of good quality social housing, and I am keen to see our housing levels increase to meet demand and becoming more integrated”, she said.

“I hope that by visiting the city and studying the current housing provision here, it will inform future planning taking into account the changing urban landscape and increasing needs of local people.”

The ENHR2016 Study Tour of Derry will take in the famous Walls where there is a superb view of the various parts of the city including the Bogside and Fountain interface area.

For many years, the Housing Executive has been working with the two communities living in the Bogside and the Fountain/Bishop Street and in this time significant progress has been made to improve relations between the two communities.

More recently the Housing Executive has been helping with the reimaging of murals in both areas in another step to creating a more vibrant and welcoming environment / community.

The Bogside area has undergone a great deal of redevelopment in recent years which has resulted in a good mix of housing that includes social and affordable homes.

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