Lisburn just like an archaeological dig
Recently I visited Lisburn with my wife. I must say the whole place now resembles Howard Carter's Egypt of the 1920s. The city centre is being completely dug up. It is now very difficult to access any shops and the Ulster Bank as they are now surrounded with fences erected by the construction firm.
I asked some shop assistants what it was all about. Apparently Lisburn City Council is spending over £5m of EU funding on a Public Realm project. I gather this is all part of their ambitious masterplan mooted some years ago.
Nowhere in this plan is there any mention of improving the cultural facilities – meaning a theatre, concert hall, art gallery or heaven forbid an opera house. It is I understand a city, but it totally lacks the necessary facilities one would expect of a real city.