Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for South Belfast, Michael McGimpsey has called on Northern Ireland Water to keep residents in Sicily Park and surrounding streets informed of any progress with the planned sewerage upgrade scheme.
The local representative has written to Northern Ireland Water and the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy following a recent resident’s meeting in the area where Water Service were in attendance.
In a statement Mr McGimpsey said, “I was very pleased to attend the Sicily Park Residents meeting on Tuesday evening where Northern Ireland Water outlined their proposals to upgrade the Glenmachen Street Pumping Station and the wider sewerage infrastructure in that area of Balmoral. I welcome proposals to fast track works in the Sicily Park area where there has been persistent flooding over many years. While this work is subject to funding and approval from other agencies I will continue to do all in my power to ensure it progresses as planned.”
“I have written to the DRD Minister, Danny Kennedy, reiterating the importance of this scheme for local residents and businesses who continue to live in fear every time it rains. I have also requested that residents, who have been incredibly patient despite their homes being flooded, are kept informed of any developments and progress with the scheme.”
In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, “The residents and businesses of Siciliy Park have for too long had to put up with flooding in their homes and business premises. I welcome the apparent progress by NI Water and am urging the Department for Regional Development to ensure all funds necessary are made available so this problem can be addressed as a matter of urgency.”