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EH Allingham Construction To Complete Housing Scheme In West Belfast

EH Allingham Construction Ltd has been selected by Choice Housing to complete a major housing scheme in West Belfast.

The Glen Road Heights development in Hannahstown will include 92 new homes that will accommodate more than 350 people and incorporate the very latest in energy saving, design and security features.

The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

The scheme, designed by JNP Architects includes six apartments, includes 83 houses and three wheelchair accessible bungalows.

Michael McDonnell, Group Chief Executive of Choice said: "Glen Road Heights has been in the system for quite some time and we are pleased to be in a position to finally start construction onsite. This scheme will play a major role in meeting the growing demands for local housing in the West Belfast area.

"We engaged in a rigorous search to find the best contractors and it is pleasing to appoint an organisation that has the skills, experience and resources for a job of this size. EHA Group have extensive experience in delivering top quality housing projects across the region and we look forward to working together in delivering this development for the local people of West Belfast."

Woman Convicted Of Benefit Fraud

A woman was been convicted for claiming benefits she was not entitled to at Lisburn Magistrates' Court.
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Lynda Haddick claimed Jobseeker's Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £2,153 while failing to declare employment. She was given a two year conditional discharge.

She is also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Department for Communities.

Alliance Supports Attempts To Introduce Equal Marriage In NI

The Alliance Party is supporting attempts to introduce equal marriage in Northern Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the MP's introduction of a Ten Minute Rule Bill at Westminster on Wednesday, Belfast's First Citizen met representatives of Love Equality, including Cara McCann and Amanda McGurk who spoke to her about their first hand experiences of living in a Northern Ireland that discriminates against them.

The meeting came as Alliance Leader Naomi Long said "we owe it to the LGBT community to get this done".

Mrs Long MLA said: "It is hugely embarrassing to all democrats Northern Ireland is the only region of these islands to deny a basic human right to its citizens. Studies have continually shown a majority of people here support the introduction of equal marriage and in the last Assembly, a cross-MLA group consisting of the majority of parties were co-operating on a private members' bill on the issue.

"While it has a long way to go yet, this week's introduction of a bill is a major step forward towards the day when LGBT couples in Northern Ireland will finally be able to say I do, and get the same recognition and respect under the law as any other married couple. We owe it to the LGBT community to get this done."


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