"University Plans Visionary" says Kelly
Welcoming the launch of the Ulster University's York Street campus plans Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly said,
"I have met with University management throughout this process and made the case for the full inclusion of the North Belfast community in their plans.
"This is a positive and very welcome development which has the potential to regenerate this part of the city and bring jobs, educational opportunities and new businesses to the surrounding areas.
"We have also raised some concerns about housing the university's expanding student population in this area which has a chronic housing need and I'm convinced those issues can be resolved by working together.
"The plans are imaginative and ambitious and demonstrate a vision of a campus fully integrated with the local community and indeed the whole city.
"We are pressing for jobs in the initial construction stages and subsequent well paid jobs on site, along with access courses for the community and use of these modern facilities as seen in other inner city universities which succeed.
"The key is to learn from the best examples of how universities involve the community and avoid any potential pitfalls from this early planning stage." said the North Belfast MLA