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Maskey demands delivery on Andersonstown Barrack site

17 November, 2010

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast Paul Maskey has stated that the community have waited for far too long for an iconic building on the site of the old Andersonstown Barracks. The building, to be placed at one of the busiest junctions in the west of the city should also meet the needs of the local community.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“This has been a very slow process and is something that Sinn Fein has been the champion in order to see an iconic building that suits the needs of the people of west Belfast located at this site. If an architect’s competition can provide this then so be it but we need to see delivery in conjunction with the local community.

“From the start of this process Sinn Féin has been to the fore in organising meetings locally in order for the residents of west Belfast to have their say. The Department of Social Development, through Margaret Ritchie, failed to consult with local people and attempted to steam roll apartments on to the site as a cash cow for a private development.

“The community and Sinn Féin fought a strong and successful campaign to see this overturned and to force the Department and the minister to do this right and engage with the local community.

“To date there have been hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on this site and the community need to see a return for this.

“For far too long the Department and the both Ministers, Margaret Ritchie and Alex Atwood, have spent large amounts of money on consultations and glossy programmes for west Belfast. It is now high time that they start to deliver for this community.”

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