A bright new future for vacant commercial land on the Springfield Road looks set to become a reality. As previously reported in the Andersonstown News, the Invest NI-owned land at the old Mackies site has been lying derelict for a number of years, attracting anti-social elements who have used the sprawling interface territory as a springboard for launching cross-community riots.
One wonders what it costs Invest NI to attract 235 jobs to these shores — in both time and money — but it’s fairly clear that it doesn’t come cheap.
INVEST NI has come in for yet more criticism on its performance in West Belfast after new figures revealed that the area has come bottom of the league tables once again for the amount of financial assistance offered by the body – and total jobs generated by its Inward Investment projects.
Getting the balance right as society battles its way through the worst economic crisis in living memory is a priority for the Stormont Executive. Or so it tells us. Because, the evidence on the ground is that the Executive may not always deliver on its promises.
A South Belfast businessman has taken matters into his own hands and arranged a meeting for local traders with an economic development agency after personally contacting the chief executive.