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There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

Belfast City Council has confirmed they are taking steps to address anti-social behaviour at a site close to Lanark Way.

It's after syringes and other drug-taking paraphernalia were discovered by nearby residents over the last number of days.

There are fears that the area, which has an old building on the land and faces on to social housing, has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

The DUP councillor Brian Kingston said he has contacted Belfast City Council, who have visited the site to remove needles.

But he said the more pressing issue is what's going to happen to the site long term.

"The site has just been sold and I've spoken to the agent for the new owner - it's been sold to a London-based company involved in property."

Councillor Kingston said there has been frustration amongst residents over the years in trying to help a small local company develop the site into a mixture of social and private housing, with both houses and apartments.

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There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

There are fears that the area has turned into a gathering site for anti-social behaviour.

"We have requested a meeting with the new owners and they hopefully have deeper pockets and will be able to invest in the site."

In recent years, a small bonfire has taken place there, which Councillor Kingston described as "not particularly well-run and with a lot of material left over".

"The new owner has asked his contractor to remove all the material. The more pressing issue is the syringes that have been found there.

"Council officers were out on Tuesday evening removing any syringes that had been left there."

A Belfast City Council spokesperson said: “Council continues to work in partnership with the local community and statutory agencies to address anti-social behaviour.”

Belfast Telegraph