DUP representatives for the Monkstown area have welcomed a move to replace a July 11 bonfire in the estate with a community beacon.
Councillors Pamela Barr, Billy Ball and Robert Hill, along with election candidate Stephen Ross, met with the Chairman of Monkstown Community Association, David McCrea on Tuesday, April 1.
One of the items discussed was the annual bonfire at Ards Drive. And the DUP delegation was pleased to hear that following talks with bonfire builders and residents, it has been agreed to replace this year’s bonfire with a community beacon, which will be cleaner and more environmentally friendly.
“I would like to thank the local community and the DUP for their help on this issue. This is a positive story for the estate which will hopefully lead to the land being used for something more beneficial to local people,” Mr McCrea commented.
Cllr Robert Hill said: “This is a positive move by the local community and the DUP will be meeting with the Housing Executive, local MP Sammy Wilson and the minister to call for this land to be better utilised for the benefit of the community. This land would be far better used to fill the need of urgently needed social housing including two-bedroom bungalows which would free up family homes for young families who are being forced away from family and friends because of a lack of suitable housing stock in the area. There is a perception in loyalist/unionist areas that the Executive are turning a blind eye to their needs, and this needs to be addressed urgently.”
Cllr Barr added: “I am delighted that agreement has been reached in Monkstown with regards to the beacon. I would like to thank the residents, bonfire builders and the Chairman of Monkstown Community Association for their hard work and commitment in reaching an agreement that benefits everyone.”