THE DUP has condemned damage caused to fencing at a building site for new homes in west Belfast.
Greater Shankill councillor Frank McCoubrey said the vandalism was caused over the past weekend to fencing erected by the contractor appointed to build 34 new social housing units in the Lower Shankill estate.
Around £5,000 worth of damage was caused when the perimeter fencing was uprooted and pulled down on Friday night, July 26.
Said the DUP Alderman: “My party colleagues and I have worked hard along with the local community and the Housing Executive to bring this new social housing development to the Lower Shankill area.
“We are extremely disappointed that this act of vandalism or deliberate damage has occurred and we condemn it without reservation.
“Those responsible are not acting in the interest of local people. They are harming the regeneration of the Lower Shankill community.
“We would appeal for anyone who can assist the police investigation into this senseless destruction to pass on whatever information they have, either directly to the police on 0845 6008000 or anonymously through the Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111.”
Councillor McCoubrey said he fully supported Oaklee Housing Association and their contractor in building the new homes.
“We have no doubt that local people will share in our disgust at this unnecessary set back. We appeal for no further incidents.
“This much-needed development must be allowed to proceed unhindered and without obstruction,” he added.