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Council taskforce to tackle fly-posting in city

By Linda McKee

Published 06/09/2007

Fly-posting in Belfast is to be tackled by a special taskforce set up by the city council.

Councillors have agreed to set up the group to develop a strategy to tackle the illegal practice.

They have also agreed to lobby the Northern Ireland Assembly to introduce legislation - similar to that in England - giving district councils the powers to deal with people who litter, fly-tip, or vandalise and damage the environment.

They hope other agencies across Northern Ireland will come onboard to develop a comprehensive approach, including the Housing Executive, Department for Regional Development (DRD) and the Belfast Regeneration Office.

Chairman of the council's Health and Environmental Services committee, councillor Cathal Mullaghan, welcomed the members' decision to adopt the motion which had originally been tabled by his party colleague, Councillor Tim Attwood, at July's council meeting.

Councillor Attwood said: "There is a continuing problem with illegal fly-posting and graffiti being daubed across the city. The council is committed to creating a 'Brighter Belfast' for everyone and that includes making our city more attractive by trying to deal effectively with this problem.

"Establishing this taskforce is the first step in trying to bring about tangible change and bringing the relevant agencies onboard will mean we can develop a comprehensive strategy and work together to try to make a real difference on our streets."

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