SOCIAL Development Minister Nelson McCausland visited Monkstown last week to check out progress on local housing and community development programmes and to hear from politicians and community representatives about how obstacles to future improvement plans need to be addressed.
The visit, which was jointly arranged by Councillors Pamela Barr and Ken Robinson, was organised so that the Minister could speak, on location, with those involved in enhancing housing and other social improvements.
The Minister first met with representatives of Connswater Homes and Dixons, the contractors who are responsible for the first phase of new social housing located at Monkstown Gardens, which is due for completion in the spring. The ministerial group then moved on to the community centre at Cashel Drive where Community Association Chairman David McCrea explained the benefits that would follow the major refurbishment of the building, which is expected to be completed in the New Year.
The Minister was informed that the ongoing improvement works will enable the successful ‘Good Morning Newtownabbey’ scheme to continue and further cross-community projects to develop in the area.
The Minister then walked the short distance to Abbeytown Square where Councillors Billy Ball and Robert Hill drew his attention to the potential that a neighbourhood regeneration approach could bring to the area.
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