STORMONT Ministers Sammy Wilson and Nelson McCausland visited Monkstown on Friday morning (November 9) to view the latest social housing scheme in the estate.
The new development of 12 two and three-bedroom homes at Ards Drive - a project by Connswater Homes and Dixons Contractors - is due to be completed in Spring 2013.
The Ministers were joined at Friday’s site meeting by a number of local political and community representatives.
John Brooks, of Connswater Homes, and representatives of Dixons were on hand to answer questions and take the visitors around the development.
Speaking after the meeting, David McCrea, Chairman of Monkstown Community Association, said: “We are grateful to MP Sammy Wilson and his Ministerial colleague Nelson McCausland for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit the site.
“We would also commend local MLA Alistair Ross and Newtownabbey councillors Ken Robinson and Pamela Barr for their continuing support in attracting these much-needed housing developments to Monkstown.”
Councillor Robinson, who during his time as an MLA at Stormont continually lobbied Department of Social Development Ministers Margaret Ritchie, Alex Attwood and Nelson McCausland for new housing in the area, commented: “I have been impressed by the levels of cross-party support given to these ongoing housing schemes by my council colleague Pamela Barr and our MLA Alistair Ross.”
Mr Ross added: “The presence of the Finance Minister and the Social Development Minister underlines how important new housing schemes are, not only for the modern homes they provide but also for the continuing employment opportunities they bring during these difficult economic times.”
The representatives took the opportunity to impress upon the Ministers the importance of developing other potential sites in the area to meet housing need and free up suitable accommodation for families.