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Sirocco site must not be allowed to go to waste – Sinn Féin

31 January, 2011 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin Pottinger Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile and South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey have expressed concern about the long-term use of the former Sirocco Works site in Belfast.

Their comments come after an extensive engagement with the owners of the land at Sirocco, the Carvill Group, who it has been revealed are in the process of engaging with creditors.

Speaking today Mr Ó Donnghaile said;

“Obviously the Carvill Group employ a large amount of people, not least within the construction industry, who are already suffering in the current economic climate, thereforeI have no doubt this news will cause that sector greater strain and concern. It is with disappointment and regret that we learn of the company’s current difficulties.

While our party has had issues with some of the proposals for Sirocco Quays, what cannot be disputed is its potential for regeneration and economic development. Sirocco has the potential to throw open the east side of the river lagan and extend the city centre beyond its current confines.

It also has the potential for the development of much needed housing, leisure and sporting provision as well as better transport infrastructure within this part of the city.”

Mr Maskey added;

“The possibility of economic stimulation on this site still remains vital and realisable; an area of such size and potential must not be permitted to go to waste. Our party has made clear for sometime our desire to see any development utilised to the fullest for the benefit of the surrounding communities, which are some of the most socio-economically deprived in the north.

The community now need to see urgent clarity on this issue.

Sinn Féin remains committed to ensuring that this site is developed to the best that it can be and in a way that benefits our city as a whole.” CRÍOCH

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