East Antrim MLA Alastair Ross and Newtownabbey councillor Pamela Barr joined Davy McCrea, Chair of the Monkstown Community Association, to view construction of several new homes in the estate recently.
Speaking in Monkstown, Mr Ross said: “Housing continues to be one of the major issues in this area, and I would hope that these new homes will only be the beginning of addressing the current need. This morning Davy McCrea, Councillor Barr and myself visited the site and discussed what further development options existed to help ensure that there is adequate housing for Monkstown. I would hope that later in the summer Department for Social Development (DSD) Minister Nelson McCausland will be able to visit the area again to discuss what his Departments plans are.”
Commenting, Mr McCrea said: “It is great to see new houses being built in the estate, and I welcomed the opportunity to show Alastair Ross MLA and Councillor Pamela Barr the site this morning. There is a clear need for new housing in this and other surrounding areas and I hope that the local community can continue to work with local politicians and housing authorities to build further homes in the not too distant future.”
Councillor Pamela Barr added: “The DSD Minister is committed to work with local communities in delivering better and new housing, and this is an example of the type of new housing that can make a very positive contribution to the local area. The council for its part will continue to work with the local community to hopefully add what it can to this vibrant community.”