Time to deliver on potential of Maze Long Kesh site, says Alliance representatives

Alliance Lagan Valley MLAs Sorcha Eastwood and David Honeyford have said there can be no more delays in making progress on the development of the Maze Long Kesh (MLK) site.

Sorcha Eastwood David Honeyford Lagan Valley

Speaking following a debate on the future of the site secured by Alliance, Sorcha Eastwood MLA said; “We know the huge social and economic potential of this site but it is now 12 years since the MLK Development Corporation became operational. That body has the remit to secure the regeneration of the site. However, a lack of political agreement on the way forward has been a stumbling block and blocked the progress of the site."
“I welcome the groups that are using some aspects of the site and making a real contribution such as the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, the Ulster Aviation Society and Air Ambulance NI. However, the original master plan had provisions for innovation hubs, housing, green space, and community areas.
“I said in the debate, that the stock response of acknowledging the potential but doing nothing can no longer hold. Now is the time for plans, timelines and political commitment. However, I welcome the cross-party consensus on the need to act now, The First Minister, responding to the debate said they have asked the Development Corporation to bring renewed plans so that they can choose a way forward and I will be watching closely to ensure progress is made."
David Honeyford MLA said; “This has got to be the time where we as a society finally look forward, where we look to build prosperity for the wider region.”
“The MLK site is central to that, but it requires decisions. I have hope those decisions will come and provide the opportunities that this generation and the next deserve.”