05 January 2006

Woodbourne to be hollowed out


by Roisin McManus

British army accommodation at Woodbourne barracks is set to be demolished this week.

The removal of the accommodation at the barracks on the Stewartstown Road has been welcomed by Sinn Féin.

“Local people will undoubtedly welcome the dismantling of these trappings of conflict from the local community,” said Upper Falls Councillor Michael Browne.

“The fact is that this should have happened long before now. Sinn Féin has long pressed the British government for complete demilitarisation in the North and we remain insistent that a demilitarisation programme has to be expedited,” he added.

Councillor Browne said that the dismantling of military facilities is only one part of the equation.

“The fact remains that land which could have been used to the advantage of local communities was commandeered for British military purposes,” said Councillor Browne. “It is essential that with demilitarisation this land is returned to local people and used in a manner beneficial to the entire community.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence speaking last night said, “Work is taking place today and a contractor is stripping cabling out of two Portacabins that were used as accommodation by the British army.

“The Portacabins will be demolished and the work should be completed by the end of the week,” he added.

Journalist:: Roisin McManus

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