Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for South Belfast, Michael McGimpsey has welcomed the unveiling of a new piece of art on Linfield Road, Sandy Row this morning.
The artwork entitled, “William III Portrait of a King” replaces the “UFF welcome to Sandy Row” mural.
In a statement following the unveiling ceremony Mr McGimpsey said, “I was delighted to attend the official unveiling of the piece of art this morning along with a large number of local residents and community workers. The artwork celebrates the history and culture of the local area and has caught the attention of many in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. It presents a much more welcoming introduction to Sandy Row which can only improve the impression of the local area and help local businesses.”
“The staff and committee of Belfast South Community Resources deserve special recognition for the extensive work they have completed with the local community to ensure there was sufficient support for this move. The large turnout from the local community clearly demonstrated their commitment to moving forward.”
In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, “I believe today’s event will aid the wider objective of revitalizing and regenerating the Sandy Row area. While the recently completed Belfast City Council Renewing the Routes Programme showed some commitment from government, statutory agencies must do much more to match the efforts of the local community. The local community is asking where is the investment from Government to ensure all is done to aid the regeneration of this once thriving commercial and residential area?”