Lisleen farmers win cemetery battle
Lisleen's farmers have won a fight to stop Belfast City Council building a new cemetery in the area.
At a meeting of the Parks and Leisure Committee, councillors agreed that changing circumstances meant the city no longer needed to pursue new cemetery development in the area, south-east of the city.
The news came as councillors received a presentation from the Ulster Farmers Union on behalf of the local farmers and is expected to be ratified by the full council at the December meeting.
A report presented at the Parks and Leisure Committee meeting said: “It is anticipated that the combination of additional land acquired at Roselawn and the development of additional crematorium facilities will meet the city’s need for the next 40-50 years. Therefore, despite the land at Lisleen having been demonstrated as suitable for burial provision, it is unlikely given the current position that the council can demonstrate any legitimate reason for maintaining an interest in that land.”