'Emergency forum needed over Holylands’ disturbances' - Ó Muilleoir
Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has called on Queen’s University and Ulster University to convene an emergency forum on the ongoing crisis in the Holylands.
Speaking after meeting Queen’s University with residents today, the South Belfast MLA commented:
“Residents have contacted me expressing concern that anti-social behaviour in the Holylands is as bad as ever despite increased action by the PSNI, Belfast City Council and universities.
“It is ten years since Alex Maskey published recommendations for a long-term solution to anti-social behaviour from students and hangers-on during Freshers Week and St Patrick’s Day.
“I have met Queen’s University today and will meet the PSNI next week with residents to propose another push to sort this long-running problem – including the creation of an emergency forum.
“Landlords must meet their responsibilities, housing associations must acquire more ‘houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)’ for family use and policing of unacceptable anti-social behaviour must be effective
“There can be no getting away from the fact that some students behave in a reprehensible manner which shows zero respect for neighbours in the area and is totally unacceptable.”