Unity reigns for tribute to Queen
I would like to thank every party represented on Belfast City Council for giving their support to my idea that council should plant an avenue of trees to mark the Queen becoming the longest-reigning monarch in the history of the United Kingdom.
Councillors from all parties have supported my idea at the relevant committee and I am delighted that we achieved agreement on this fitting tribute. All that remains is for ratification of the committee decision at the monthly council meeting.
My initial preference was that the avenue, consisting of 63 trees - one for each year of her reign - should be in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park. However, given the maturity of that park, it is impossible to find a space in it large enough to accommodate such an undertaking. Council officers have advised me that the best place for this tribute would be Knocknagoney Park in east Belfast.
This is a tribute from all of the people of Belfast and the location is immaterial.
ALD CHRISTOPHER STALFORD (DUP)
Belfast City Council