New houses for Curran Street

Plans to create 12 new homes on Portadown’s Curran Street has been welcomed by Sinn Fein.

Craigavon Council chief executive Dr Theresa Donaldson, right, pictured with the top three councillors in a Political Speed dating event in which local secondary school pupils asked each councillor three questions as part of Local Democracy week. The winning councillors were from left, Johnny McGibbon, first place, Gemma McKenna, second place and Arnold Hatch, third. INPT45-201.

Craigavon Cllr Gemma McKenna revealed that plans for phase one of the development have been submitted.

“Sinn Féin have actively lobbied for the development of this site and have worked with the community, Social Development Department and Housing Executive to ensure the needs of the local people are fulfilled.

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“We believe Oaklee’s proposal to provide 12 dwellings, 6 affordable and 6 social housing units, in phase one of the development is good news for the area. It will be especially welcomed by first time buyers who find it difficult to get a foot on the housing ladder.”

Cllr McKenna said Curran Street was integral to the neighboring People’s Park and Tunnel area redevelopment. “The Curran Street area was once home to a thriving community and many local families originated in this tightly knit neighbourhood.

“Having it restored as a hub of family life and commerce has special significance for many people,” said the Sinn Fein councillor.