Clare Bailey MLA

Botanic Councillors deem Holyland ASB not worthy of a mention

Thursday 02 November 2017

Clare Bailey MLA has criticised Botanic Councillors who failed to raise the issue of ongoing Holyland anti-social behaviour at a Belfast City Council Meeting last night, despite disorder in the area across this week.

The South Belfast MLA said:

“Belfast City Councillors discussed anti-social behaviour in areas of West Belfast and East Belfast at a council meeting last night.

“However, the disorder in the Holyland wasn’t deemed worthy a mention. Why didn’t Botanic Councillors raise it as an issue?

“They’ve no excuse to be asleep on the job – however exhaustion amongst Holyland residents is understandable given that they’ve suffered on street disorder into the early hours of Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.”

The Green Party MLA continued:

“Residents have endured Fresher’s Week and now Halloween related disorder. Already, they have said that they are dreading what lies ahead for St Patrick’s Day.

“There is little community confidence in the resolve of the Council and PSNI to address ongoing anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area.

“The criminal and anti-social behaviour of people in the area is tolerated in a way that wouldn’t be accepted in other parts of the city.

“Botanic councillors, the PSNI and Belfast City Council must step up and address this problem.

“It’s not good enough to simply write the Holyland area off.”

ENDS

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