Call for threats against contractor to be withdrawn
Published: Wed, 28 Oct 2015
The Housing Executive is calling for a threat against its contractor working on The Long Streets demolition in North Belfast to be withdrawn.
The demolition contractor has suspended work at the site, which is being cleared to make way for much needed and long awaited new social housing, after receiving threats.
Local residents are also planning to stage a candlelight protest tonight at Upper Meadow Street and Lepper Street at 6pm.
Malachy McKinney, our Area Manager for North Belfast, said:
“We utterly condemn this threat to our contractor. We are very concerned that workers are being targeted in this manner. We cannot make progress on the site when threats are being made against our contractor.
“We take these matters very seriously and the safety of people who work for us is paramount. We are calling for this threat to be withdrawn immediately.”
The Area Manager added:
“The local community has been waiting for many years for the redevelopment of this area. We recently started demolition work at the site and a housing association is scheduled to be on site early 2016 with a first phase of 35 new family homes.
“The local community is fully supportive and has decided to make its voice heard by holding a candlelight protest tonight (Wednesday,) which has been organised by Upper Long Streets Residents Association and New Lodge Safer Streets.”