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Short Strand needs facilities not fumes - O’Donnell

12 November, 2018 - by Mairead O’Donnell

Sinn Féin Councillor Mairead O’Donnell has called on the Department of Infrastructure to work with Translink on pursuing an alternative location for their Short Strand bus depot. 

The East Belfast Councillor was commenting ahead of joining residents outside the Department of Infrastructure on Monday 12 November to present a petition signed by over 1000 people calling for the depot’s relocation. 

Mairead O’Donnell said:

“Over 1000 residents have signed a petition calling on Translink to relocate its depot from the Short Strand on health grounds and to provide the land for housing and community facilities.

“There are currently around 3000 residents within Short Strand with no community infrastructure for health and wellbeing, and no leisure facilities.

“There is a need to tackle the chronic shortage in social housing with 558 people on the waiting list and 473 in housing stress.

“Rather than continue to pollute the area and people’s lungs with fumes from buses and vehicles, this land could be used for a purpose built youth, health and wellbeing facility and also provide some much needed green space which is essential for mental health and wellbeing.

“Translink had raised the expectations of this community when they previously indicated they would relocate to a new site to free up this piece of land covering approximately 3.45 acres.

We are calling on the Department of Infrastructure to work with Translink to ensure they find an alternative location and to ensure the successful relocation of the depot.”

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