Warm welcome for completion of new housing in Monkstown

NEWTOWNABBEY councillor Ken Robinson has welcomed the completion of a new housing scheme in Monkstown.

The houses at Monkstown Gardens were commissioned by Connswater Homes and built by contractors Dixons.

Speaking following a recent site visit by Stormont Finance Minister Sammy Wilson and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland, Mr Robinson welcomed the new scheme.

The former MLA said: “Since I first raised the need for social housing schemes in Monkstown during my term in the Assembly, I have received the full co-operation of each successive Housing Minister from Margaret Ritchie and Alex Attwood to the current Minister. It was therefore pleasing to see this scheme come to completion.”

He added: “David McCrea, Chairman of the Monkstown Community Association, and myself are extremely grateful to the Ministers for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit the site.

“This scheme progressed without any disruption and I want to congratulate the community on ensuring that the work was finished on schedule and these homes can now be allocated to the new tenants.”

During the visit, David McCrea accompanied the two Ministers and councillor Robinson to a second social housing site in Ards Drive, where work has now started.

Mr McCrea said: “This scheme will provide further new housing in Monkstown. The ongoing co-operation between the community and their local political representatives has ensured that these much needed homes are now under way.

“We also took the opportunity to again point out to the Ministers other locations within Monkstown where future schemes could provide further accommodation.”