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'Intimidatory' letters sent to firms opposed to Ormeau pedestrian plan

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Traffic on Belfast’ Ormeau Road

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Two business owners who oppose plans to pedestrianise Belfast's Ormeau Road on summer weekends have received "sinister letters" in the post which they see as an attempt to silence them.

Michael Goggin of Michel's Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, and Fergal McAdam of homeware store Neptune, have said the 'Open Ormeau' plan backed by the SDLP, Alliance and Green Party will destroy their trade.

However, both businessmen were sent bizarre correspondence - in the form of fake press releases to the media - which quotes them as supporting the initiative which would see restaurants and bars expand outdoors in a European cafe culture system.