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Maskey welcomes support for Sinn Féin Council motion to tackle Holyland problems

2 December, 2009 - by Alex Maskey



 
South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA and Laganbank councillor Alex Maskey has welcomed the fact that a Sinn Féin motion, aimed at tackling the problems in the Holyland area, was passed unopposed at last night’s Belfast City Council meeting.
 
Alex Maskey MLA said,
“Just over a month ago I welcomed the work that was done by Employment and Learning Minister Reg Empey through his work in organising the Holyland stakeholders forum.
 
“I also pointed out, however, that much more needed to be done and that the work could not be left to one Executive Department, adding that if the root causes are to be tackled then a cross-departmental approach is required to ensure that Assembly Ministers are not abdicating their responsibilities on this issue.
 
“It is with this in mind that Sinn Féin submitted a motion to last night’s Belfast City Council meeting.
 
“The aim of the motion is to compliment the on-going work by ensuring a long term strategic approach is adopted. It calls upon the Council to support the commissioning of a discrete study, led by Council officials in conjunction with other agencies, that will specifically identify the underlying causes of the problems in the Holyland area and hopefully lead to the development of proposals for a long term strategic plan for the area.
 
“I would welcome the fact that this motion was passed without any opposition and that a number of members from other political parties spoke in favour of this motion. This highlight’s the importance of this issue and emphasises the need for the problems faced by residents of the Holyland to be dealt with as apriority”
 

The motion passed at last night’s Belfast City Council meeting reads:

“The Council is concerned about the problems in the Holyland area of the City which have been evident for a number of years.  It recognises the work that its officers have undertaken in leading a multi-agency group to take forward interventions to deal with some of the issues which residents have to face. 
 
“The Council also welcomes the recent initiative led by the Minister for Employment and Learning, bringing together a Stakeholder Forum aimed at involving all groups in defining the problems and suggesting possible solutions
 
“To support this work and ensure a long term strategic approach, the Council supports the commissioning of a discrete study, led by Council officials in conjunction with other agencies, which specifically identifies the underlying causes of these problems and leads to the development of proposals for a long term strategic plan for the area.”

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