Belfast City Council reacted to criticism about filthy streets after the Twelfth by carrying out a partial deep clean of the footpaths in the city centre. But it is a problem which remains as some areas are still pock-marked with filth, chewing gum and the stench of urine.
Many thousands of pounds have been spent on landscaping much of the city centre and it has the potential to be a welcoming sight to tourists. Yet that investment is being wiped out by the failure to keep the footpaths and other parts of the public realm properly cleaned on a regular basis. Quite simply, any excuses by the authorities won't wash.