McReynolds welcomes external wall cladding announcement

Alliance MLA Peter McReynolds has welcomed the announcement of a fund to make safe external wall cladding in residential buildings in Northern Ireland.

Peter McReynolds

The Department for Communities announced the £33 million scheme, which will be used to remediate or mitigate fire risks associated with potentially unsafe exterior wall cladding. East Belfast MLA Mr McReynolds said it had come as a result of several years of lobbying on behalf of residents of the Arc Apartments in the Titanic Quarter in particular.

“This issue has been one of significant worry for many of my constituents, particularly in the Arc Apartments,” he said.

“I have met with them, the management company and developers repeatedly on this matter, and myself and my colleagues have repeatedly lobbied for such a scheme – in the Assembly, in the Executive and since the collapse of power-sharing, straight to the relevant Departments.

“Those concerned have been consistent, clear and committed to finding a solution to a lack of a scheme at the buildings. This is therefore welcome news and residents in the Arc Apartments in particular will be relieved.

“I will continue discussions to the Department to ensure this scheme is carried out quickly, safely and helps put residents’ minds to rest.”