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McCausland - new name for Sandy Row housing scheme

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has visited a Sandy Row housing scheme to join tenants in celebrating the scheme’s 25th anniversary.
Thursday, 15 September 2011

After touring the scheme, the Minister had afternoon tea with tenants in the common room. Mrs Jane Bennington, the schemes oldest resident, joined him in cutting the celebration cake.

The Minister also announced that the Alpha Housing scheme, which had never before been allocated an official name, would now be known as ‘Carr’s Court’.

Sandy Row was previously known as Carr’s Row and the new Carr’s Court name developed from there. As a local history enthusiast himself, the Minister remarked that he appreciated the work done in researching the name and thought residents had chosen the name well.

Minister McCausland said: “I welcome the opportunity to join with you today to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of this scheme and unveil the new name.

“Sandy Row has always had a reputation for being a close knit community and it is good that so many people have turned out to support our senior citizens on this special day. The scheme is looking good and people love living here.

“Congratulations are in order for Alpha Housing for their continuing contribution to meeting housing need in the local area.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. Alpha Housing is one of 31 housing associations registered with the Department for Social Development, giving access to grant aid to provide new housing. Alpha has almost 1,000 homes for rent throughout Northern Ireland.
  2. Media enquiries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9494 or email press.office@dsdni.gov.uk. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440.
  3. View photos of the visit later today on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/niexecutive/collections/72157626632064777/