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Viewpoint: The well has run dry to repair Belfast’s fountains

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The fountains in Belfast's Custom House Square

The fountains in Belfast's Custom House Square

The fountains in Belfast's Custom House Square

It may not have quite the glamour of the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome, but the ground-based water jets in front of Custom House Square have been a regular summer feature in Belfast since 2007.

Now, it appears, the well has run dry.

They’ve been out of action for some time and now the Department for Communities, who have responsibility for maintaining the water feature, say the money is not there to carry out the £130,000 worth of repairs needed to get them back in operation.

While spending money on what some would see as a bonus rather than a necessity may look prudent given the financial turmoil of the cost-of-living crisis, we still have to think of ways of making the city centre more attractive to visitors and create inviting, fun spaces for people to visit.

If we present an attractive, fun and friendly environment and Belfast starts showing that it has pride in itself, perhaps it will be treated with more respect all round.

The computerised equipment is there already — it would be a shame to let it go to waste.

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