Response to Greater West Belfast Housing Strategy and Regeneration Strategy - Show me the Money
Sinn Féin Lower Falls Councillor Fra McCann responding to the publication of the Greater West Belfast Housing Strategy and Regeneration Strategy has welcomed the plan but called into question the ability to deliver the resources required to meet the demand for housing in Greater West Belfast and for regeneration
Cllr McCann said:
"I welcome the publication of this Strategy which recognises the depth and scale of the housing problem in West Belfast and the need for 4090 new units of housing to cover the projected needs of the next 7 years. The provision of housing is a right for all and we also need to address the policies which created and sustained the levels of homelessness in West Belfast.
"The current waiting lists and the length of time taken to be re-housed is unacceptable. Sinn Féin would like to see the bulk of the 4100 units provided as social or affordable units of housing whereas the Housing Executive are only looking to develop 1500 units as social housing.
"Further to this housing is the vital element of regeneration and redevelopment. We want to see the building of communities of quality houses, of workspace and play space. Such a strategy provides a way ahead.
"However we need to move beyond the strategy paper and have the money set aside to implement the housing programme. We need to be assured of the ability to deliver the resources required to meet the demand for housing in Greater West Belfast and for regeneration. Simply put we need to see the money. Sinn Féin also want to see the maximisation of Brown Field sites.
"We need the planning process expedited to ensure the development at the Hannahstown Hill, Corry's Yard and St. Pats sites materialise. The urgency of this must reflect the current waiting lists and situation were families are condemned to live in overcrowded or temporary accommodation.
"Sinn Féin will be seeking meetings with both the Housing Executive and the Department of Social Development to ensure the strategy is implemented and that the policies which created and sustained homeless in West Belfast addressed." ENDS