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SOUTH BELFAST

The next meeting of the South Belfast Community Support Group will be held on Thursday September 19 at 10.00am, at South Belfast Partnership offices, University Street.

The group discusses key items to go on the agenda of the full South Belfast Partnership Board which meets on the last Thursday of this month. Members are urged to attend this meeting as important issues are to be discussed.

DECISION FROM TRIBUNAL

FORMER home owners in the Monarch and Village Redevelopment Area heard with regret in a letter from Joe Allen that the 'test case' in the Lands Tribunal on the property values was unsuccessful.

The Tribunal found in the Housing Executive's favour against the surveyor and his client who took the case. Mr Joe Allen, a Chartered Surveyor, who had been representing many of the residents in the area said in his letter: 'The Tribunal's decision was very disappointing and somewhat baffling as to how the decision was reached based on the evidence presented.'

He went on to say: 'It is regrettable that it took so long but there is now no option but to reluctantly accept the Tribunal's decision and move forward.'

Many former home owners and especially those who found themselves in negative equity are very angry by the who redevelopment process, that in their eyes has acted very much against them.

CONCERNS OVER CROSSING

Blackstaff Community Development Association (BCDA) has written to Roads Service regarding local concerns about residents safety at in the vicinity of the zebra crossing at Tates Avenue / Ebor Street.

There has been two traffic collisions recently which prompted the BCDA to write to the Roads Service requesting a meeting to discuss what can be done to reduce the risks for road users and local people.

The zebra crossing is used by many local people including children going to the shops and Olympia Community Centre. Road Service are waiting for information on the details and circumstances of the recent collisions from the PSNI. Once the full details are known, they will consider the options available.

Roads Service have agreed to meet BCDA sometime this month to discuss what can be done to make this crossing point safer for everyone. BCDA will also raise other concerns about road safety in the Tates Avenue / Boucher Road area

CAN READERS HELP?

A mother from the Donegall Road would like to know if there is a Boys brigade on in Belfast any night but Thursday. Can you help? Send details to Grapevine.

BELFAST BUS TOUR

Some of south Belfast's principal buildings will be included in the Belfast Civic Trust's free bus tour on Friday, September 13.

The tour gives an opportunity to see Victorian and Edwardian Belfast together with modern Belfast.

The tour also includes the Custom House, Belfast City Hall, Queens University, St Anne's Cathedral, St Peter's Cathedral and the RISE sculpture.

Participants are asked to meet first at Place Built Environment Centre, 40 Fountain Street at 2pm.

INTERNATIONAL MEET-UP

Everyone is welcome at International Meeting Point (IMP) at 133 Lisburn Road (beside former Ulsterville Presbyterian Church).

It is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am-3pm and Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm. There are free English classes and internet cafe – a great opportunity to meet people and have a chat.

photography club

Belfast Photo Imaging Club (BPIC) is one of the top camera clubs in Northern Ireland and one of the friendliest. The club meet in the Morton Community Centre, Lorne Street (just off the Lisburn Road) Thursday nights between 7.30pm and 10pm.

For more information visit: www.bpicni.com.

TEDDY TIME AT LIBRARY

Lisburn Road Library holds 'Teddy Time' evening storytelling for children aged four to eight-years-old on the first Monday of every month.

Admission is free and a biscuit and juice are provided, all you need to bring is your teddy bear.

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