Needs of local Sailortown community should be prioritised - Ní Chuilín
Sinn Féín MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed the proposed redevelopment of Belfast’s Greater Clarendon (Sailortown) area but said that the current needs of the community should to be considered.
The North Belfast MLA said:
“I welcome the proposed redevelopment of Sailortown, the area is of great historical importance to the city.
“However, over the last number of decades the area has been neglected, which has resulted in a decline in employment and business development.
“The masterplan will help reinvigorate the area by capitalising on other major developments in neighbouring areas such as the new Ulster University campus and improving key routes.
“However, we should be mindful of the community who currently reside there, they need to be central to any plans.
“At the moment, there is a demand for social housing yet the masterplan does not include figures for the volume of social housing in the same manner it does for student housing.
“This community needs to be considered. Their needs should be prioritised in order to support and maintain the local established community.”