Alliance South Belfast reps meet authorities ahead of St Patrick's Day

South Belfast Alliance reps met police and universities ahead of St Patrick’s Day, as authorities try to ensure the downward trend in disturbances is continued and the day can be enjoyed by all.

South Belfast Paula Bradshaw Kate Nicholl Emmet McDonough-Brown Chris Ogle

Paula Bradshaw MLA, who has engaged authorities on behalf of residents for many years, is positive about the day: “St Patrick’s Day promises to be a day of fun and entertainment and we are convinced that, for an ever increasing number of people around the universities and across South Belfast, that is the case.
“Nevertheless clearly with the day itself forming part of what will be for many a long weekend, work is required to ensure residents that the ongoing positive trend in reducing crime and damage will be continued.”
Kate Nicholl MLA added: “The Alliance team has been happy to hear from the authorities about their engagement in the run-up to and over the St Patrick’s weekend.
“With additional events across South Belfast and an important rugby match on the Saturday, we recognise that there is a lot for the universities and the police to be looking at. We will do all we can to make sure that the weekend is fun for everyone gathering to celebrate it.” 
"St Patrick's Day is a day that's supposed to be enjoyed by all. However, for some living in the Holyland area, that isn’t the case due to antisocial behaviour,” added Alliance Botaninc Rep Chris Ogle.
“I hope those who are celebrating not only have fun but remember their responsibility to the wider community, so we see a St Patrick's day which does not turn into a nightmare for some."
“The last few years have seen significant change in the area, with the rise of purpose built student accommodation meaning that the pattern of student living has shifted. Work to restore the area to one of residential character is overdue and Alliance is committed to seeing improvements in the area,” said Councillor McDonough-Brown.