We should take lessons from tackling homelessness during pandemic, says Armstrong

The lessons of the response to the pandemic should be taken to help end rough sleeping in Northern Ireland, Alliance Communities spokesperson Kellie Armstrong MLA has said. The Strangford MLA said the future Homelessness Strategy by the Housing Executive, due to be published next year, as well as various other agencies’ approaches to tackling the […]

McAllister disgusted at sectarian attacks in housing development

Alliance North Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister has said she is “disgusted” after a series of sectarian attacks on homes in a social housing development in the area. Windows were smashed and a flag hung on the property in Tyndale Gardens in Ballysillan, which follows sectarian graffiti being sprayed on another property last week. It is […]

Over-provision in houses of multiple occupation latest issue to require Assembly scrutiny, says Lunn

Alliance Communities spokesperson Trevor Lunn MLA has said the operation of the law around houses of multiple occupation (HMO) is just the latest issue which requires scrutiny of a functioning Assembly. The Lagan Valley MLA stated: “The HMO Act was one of the last pieces of legislation passed in the Assembly, but it would now […]

Alliance representatives criticise labelling of homes as ‘nationalist’

Alliance representatives have criticised media reports of ‘nationalist’ homes being built on a site in North Belfast. The story about planning approval being granted to build houses in a flashpoint area was accompanied by the headline ‘Nationalist homes to be built along Orange Order parade route’ after Belfast City Council backed the plans. The four […]

Martin welcomes Mountview and Skyline housing transfer 

Alliance Lisburn North Councillor Stephen Martin has welcomed news the Department for Communities has finally signed off on the transfer of 59 former MOD houses to Clanmil Housing. Alderman Martin said: “At long last, and after what has been a long and protracted delay, the official transfer of much needed housing at Mountview Drive and […]

Lunn welcomes housing association reclassification legislation

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn has welcomed legislation by the UK Government to prevent housing associations here moving to the public sector. The Government has confirmed it is looking for an opportunity to introduce the legislation, which is required due to a 2016 decision by the Office for National Statistics to classify housing associations as public […]

Local apart-hotel developments show real confidence in South Belfast, says Bradshaw

Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has welcomed the proposed development of two apart-hotels in the Stockman’s Lane and Apollo Road area, saying it shows real confidence in South Belfast as a whole. Responding to news that Patrick Kearney, owner of Ten Square, is launching a bid to bring the brand to two new locations in the […]