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Loyalist flags still fly at new housing development one year on

Efforts have been ongoing for more than 12 months to remove flags from a housing development in Carryduff, Co Down
John Monaghan

LOYALIST flags are still flying at the site of a new housing development in Co Down, more than a year after The Irish News first reported their presence.

The completion of Killynure Green in Carryduff, a housing association scheme on the outskirts of south Belfast, saw the keys handed over to more than 40 homes last year.

The Irish News reported at the time that UVF flags and other loyalist emblems were on "every lamppost" at the building site.

Although negotiations later appeared to reduce the scale of the problem, flags were re-erected and remain in place.

UUP councillor Michael Henderson, a former mayor of Castlereagh, told The Irish News last night: "At one point there was one flag left and someone came and took it down and in response a whole lot of other flags were put up. We don't know who was behind that."

He said in other areas of Carryduff there has been "a sort of gentleman's agreement whereby flags go up in July and come down in the last week of August".

"It is back to the drawing board. We are trying to see if we can work behind the scenes to get the flags down."

Earlier this year Killynure Green was nominated for an architectural design prize at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors' (RICS) annual awards, but missed out at the event a fortnight ago.

The homes had been praised for their energy efficiency.

Residents who spoke to The Irish News last year said they were "disgusted" at the flags, while SDLP councillor Brian Hanvey said it was "regrettable in this day and age".

The PSNI said at the time it would not be acting to remove the flags and emblems as it had "not received any complaints from members of the public".

Choice Housing, the association behind the scheme, previously said it was "continuing to engage with the police service, political representatives and local community and remains committed to resolving this issue".

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