“Local Sinn Fein councillors, and Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín, owe the people of West Belfast an explanation over the plans for the former Mackies site off Belfast’s Springfield Road”, say Workers Party representative Joanne Lowry.
“It is now clear that there are no guarantees of public housing in the plans for the development of the ‘Forth Meadow Community Greenway.’ – as the old Makies site is now officially known”, she said.
The need for new and additional public housing is at crisis point in West Belfast. Currently the Housing Executive estimates that almost 2,500 new homes are needed.
“It is inconceivable that the former Mackies site, which is public land under the ownership of the Department for Communities, is not being earmarked for a major public housing project”, added Joanne.
“The people of West Belfast, and in particular those thousands of local families on the housing waiting list, deserve to be told whether or not new homes are to be built here.
“Why are Sinn Fein so reluctant to say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on this issue and what exactly are they hiding?”, asked Joanne