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Sinn Féin calls out Council for broken promises

16 March, 2017 - by Deirdre Hargey

Sinn Féin representatives have accused Belfast City Council of breaking a pledge to build homes on the Gasworks site in Belfast city centre.

Councillor Deirdre Hargey said:

“For almost 20 years, the people of the Market have been subjected to foot-dragging and broken promises by Belfast City Council in relation to long-awaited new homes on the northern fringe of the Gasworks site.

“This area was zoned as one block for housing in the Belfast Metropolitan plan in 2014.  However, while office blocks, business units and hotels have gone up — and been welcomed by local people — there has been no sign of the promised housing.

“However the final insult is the news that the Council is to approve a new application for offices on the site zoned for homes for the hundreds of local people who are on the housing waiting lists.

“This is a broken promise too far.

"Already, Market residents are in court over a skyscraper office block approved by Council in Stewart Street in the Market against the wishes of residents. The Council should be aware that residents will not hesitate to fight just as hard to prevent the Council riding roughshod over their right to have their housing needs met.

“There has been much talk of a progressive Belfast City Council but you can’t have progress while ignoring the rights of city centre communities." 

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