Sinn Féin's Martin/Treacy Cumann in the Short Strand area has launched a drive to collect signatures from people in the area supporting their call for 'homes not forts'.
Sinn Féin's East Belfast representative Niall Ó Donnghaile, commenting on the initiative, had this to say,
"Members of the Martin/Treacy Cumann have been out and around the area on Saturday night and Monday night collecting signatures for a petition calling on Mountpottinger Barracks to go. The petition will be submitted to the ongoing consultation into the future of the base.
So far the reception at the doors has been fantastic, people clearly support the notion that Mountpottinger's time is over, and that it must go and make way for something substantive and worthwhile to the local area.
Cumann members will be out again this week in an endeavour to make sure that every door in the Short Strand is knocked and that people have an opportunity to get their say. I commend them for this initiative and I thank the community for the willingness to so eagerly support the call for homes, not forts".