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Councillor calls for urgent meeting to address antisocial behaviour by students in Belfast Holylands

Students drinking in the Holylands.
Students drinking in the Holylands.
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

A Belfast councillor has called for an urgent meeting to address residents' concerns about antisocial behaviour and on-street drinking from students in the Holylands area of the city.

Alliance councillor for south Belfast Emmet McDonough-Brown has sought a meeting with the chief executive of Belfast City Council after locals aired worries about the behaviour of students during freshers' week.

Cllr McDonough-Brown said the experiences of many residents were "disgraceful" and called on students to enjoy themselves responsibly.

"The issues in the Holyland are well known and have affected the area for many years - but the lack of action from statutory agencies is deeply disappointing," he said.

"With hundreds of students drinking on-street this past weekend already, residents have already rightly complained and expressed their fears.

A man and a child make their way through the Holylands in Belfast as freshers week begins

"I have therefore sought an urgent meeting with the Chief Executive of Belfast City Council to discuss the issue and what can be done to resolve the matter.

"Belfast City Council can intervene in relation to on-street drinking and I will be urging the organisation to do just that.

"With the correct intervention now, we can turn the tide in the Holyland and help locals restore the area to the long-term residential area it once was."

Meanwhile, a Belfast nightclub has come under fire for a student night drinks promotion offering bottles, spirits, mixers and shots for a little as 60pm each.

Fourteen in Tomb Street launched the '666' promotion earlier this week.

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