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Belfast's Big Screen to be sold following poor crowds

By Staff Reporter

Published 24/09/2016

Belfast's Big Screen is to be turned off and put up for sale, it can be revealed
Belfast's Big Screen is to be turned off and put up for sale, it can be revealed

Belfast's Big Screen is to be turned off and put up for sale, it can be revealed.

As exclusively predicted in the Belfast Telegraph, a city council committee yesterday recommended it be sold.

It is understood that councillors took the decision for financial reasons, with the screen needing a £120,000 upgrade.

It also only has planning permission until 2019.

Members of the council's strategic policy and resources committee recommended that the Big Screen be placed on the council's asset disposal register.

The decision is expected to be ratified at October's full council meeting next month.

Launched in a blaze of publicity in 2011 amid claims that it would help bring people together to watch sporting events and more, the Big Screen failed to attract the crowds expected.

SDLP councillor Declan Boyle said the attraction was a drain on stretched resources. "We just don't have the climate for outdoor TV," Mr Boyle added.

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