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Ni Chuilin calls for vesting after new Hillview allegations

14 March, 2018 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Caral Ni Chuilin has reiterated calls for the Hillview site in North Belfast to be vested for social housing following the latest controversy over the site.

The party’s Housing spokesperson was commenting after the BBC's Spotlight programme aired a number of allegations regarding unlawful activity connected with the site.

“These latest very serious allegations only underline the controversy which has surrounded this site and the failure to develop it for much-needed social housing,” the North Belfast MLA said.

“Sinn Féin has long supported calls for an independent inquiry into the decision by some members of Belfast City Council's Planning Committee to create a retail-only development at Hillview.

“And earlier this month, we submitted a dossier to the Auditor and Controller General asking him to investigate why £1.8m of rates relief has been awarded to the owners of a site, given that an illegal market had been operating there.

“The latest allegations are further evidence that vested interests are at work to prevent this site being used for social housing.

“But the fact is that the Housing Executive has a statutory duty to build homes without discrimination. I reminded them of that again today at a meeting and appealed to them to vest the land in line with the clearly established need that exists in North Belfast.”

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