“the potential for significant delay..”

As the BBC briefly note, the NI Executive’s Social Development minister has announced that the Carvill Group have withdrawn from the proposed redevelopment of the site of the former Andersonstown police station, citing “the potential for significant delay in getting their proposals agreed and through the planning system”. It comes after a series of organised protests at the site and, as Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, MP, MLA, mentions, the threat of legal action against the proposals. As to his party’s proposed “gift-aiding” of the site to the local community.. I suspect the Finance minister might have something to say about disposing of public assets in that manner..

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  • fair_deal

    “As to his party’s proposed “gift-aiding” of the site to the local community.. I suspect the Finance minister might have something to say about disposing of public assets in that manner..”

    Depends how it is done, this approach is not uncommon in the USA and occurs from the private and public sector.

    By handing a community group an asset, they can use this as collateral for a loan, develop the site and then immediate or ongoing profits can cover revenue costs or another capital development for local organisations.

    The area gets development and probably in the way it wishes. The development will cost government no/significantly less ‘cash’ and with potential long-term savings in revenue terms. It is also a means of developing market orientated/entrepreneurial approaches to community development/regeneration rather than perpetual state dependency.

    Although ‘gift-aiding’ by apublic body is pretty much impossible under present rules/procedures ie best value (plus the american tax system means it is an option for private companies/individuals but not here.)

  • Sean Og

    The proposals for the site were shocking. Thank God they have been with-drawn.
    I’m not sure the site can be “gifted to the local community” but better proposals can certainly be developed.

  • Sean Og

    Sorry; maybe I should clarify – the site could be gifted to the local community with the approval of the DFP.

    But a Minister who is writing to other Ministers looking for surplus land for Social Housing can’t be seen to be giving her own land away for less than market value. Can she??

  • DK

    What would the local community do with this site – its not very big and on a busy junction. Best I can think of is a youth drop in centre, or homeless hostel or some such. That bit of WB is quite prosperous so I’m not sure about the needs – maybe someone more local has a view?

  • Hogan from County Tyrone

    Wait to you see the hypocracy of the shinners when it comes to finance over the next few months.

    Murphy will ‘preach responsibly’ to all on the ‘necessity’ for water charges. Ruane (if she ever spots a way out of her picket line issues?) will screw the classroom assistants to whatever degree her perm-sec deems necessary.

    But yet Saint Gerry in his backyard will set aside good current economic thinking and bleat about the poor people in West Belfast. As usual with them its one rule for themselves and one for everybody else.

  • kensei

    “But yet Saint Gerry in his backyard will set aside good current economic thinking and bleat about the poor people in West Belfast. As usual with them its one rule for themselves and one for everybody else.”

    Correct. It is well known that all SFers drink only blood and have the children taught by the devil himself.

  • ulsterfan

    If the land is to be used for social housing(I hate that phrase can someone think of a better one),then surely it can be passed over to Housing Executive for development with the usual rules and criteria applying otherwise there is a danger of a conflict of interest amongst private developers.

  • Realist

    They should build a police station on it – God knows, the area needs one!!