Residents ‘outraged’ at damage caused to wildlife, says Bradshaw

Alliane South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw has condemned the destruction of natural habitats along the Lagan near Stranmillis Weir and called for a funded implementation plan to assist restoration. Last week, as part of flood alleviation work, the Department for Infrastructure removed hedgerows and trees that were previously home to a variety of wildlife.

“Local residents are outraged that officials allowed this irreversible destruction of trees, hedgerows and wildlife without any advanced notice being given to the local community,” said Ms Bradshaw.

“Whilst the habitats cannot be easily replaced, I have contacted the Department for Infrastructure to prevent further damage and to call for a funded implementation plan to help restore some biodiversity. Answers must be provided to constituents around the reasoning behind the decision as the action seems completely counter-productive, particularly in regards to the Department’s environmental responsibilities.

“This area is a valuable green space at the heart of our constituency and the loss will not just be hard felt by residents but by all those who enjoy walking and cycling through this natural beauty.”