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Kelly: “North Belfast community must know when Girdwood housing will be built”

14 March, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly

North Belfast Sinn Féin MLA has this evening said;

I welcome today’s announcement that 200 social and affordable homes are to be built on the former Girdwood military site.

However, this is a repeat of an announcement made by Margaret Ritchie a considerable time ago, when she was DSD Minister. What people languishing on the housing waiting list in north Belfast really want to know, after eight years, is when exactly will construction on this site begin and finish.

The steering group for the regeneration of this site, which included the DUP, published a mission statement which put housing as a core requirement, alongside leisure, education and health facilities.

It is unfortunate that the DUP later reneged on this mission statement.

If Alex Attwood is not simply electioneering then we need to know when exactly the housing development at Girdwood will begin and be completed.” CRÍOCH

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