Newington Housing Association has been awarded a major accolade for its leading role in the transformation of the Limestone Road in North Belfast.
Last night I had the privilege of joining Newington and its key partners at the Europa as they received the ‘Positive Belfast’ award at Belfast Media Group’s Aisling Awards. These ‘Belfast Oscars’ recognise and celebrate many amazing community groups and local leaders. Newington therefore had to beat off stiff competition from leading charities throughout the city to win the award.
Newington’s investment in what was a derelict North Belfast interface has transformed the area. In September Newington handed over the keys to more than 70 new homes in the Glen and Parkside areas to tenants. This has already greatly increased community confidence and harmony in the area.
At every stage in the development process, Newington has engaged key partners in cross-community discussions on how to secure a peaceful and prosperous future for the area. A concerted effort on both sides of the interface has injected new energy and a spirit of cooperation that is re-invigorating the Limestone Road.
The re-development has transformed the Limestone Road from a ‘last resort’ for people seeking housing to a sought-after place to live. Newington is now considering plans to develop many more homes in the local area.
Newington deserves great credit for broadening its role beyond the provision of high-quality homes to taking a brave lead in helping resolve complex issues at this interface and spearheading regeneration. Key partners instrumental to this shared success include residents’ groups, the PSNI and the International Fund for Ireland.
Watch this film that shows Newington’s impact on the Limestone Road.