Bradshaw says Holyland stakeholders need to step up their game

South Belfast Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw has said a number of stakeholders have to “step up their game” after more reports of anti-social behaviour by students in the Holyland area.

Ms Bradshaw was speaking as students arrived back in the South Belfast community during freshers’ week. Almost 200 reports of anti-social behaviour include racist abuse being hurled at Romanians, on-street drinking and noise pollution.

“It is totally disgusting the permanent residents of the Holyland have had to tolerate such anti-social and disruptive behaviour with the return of students yet again,” she said.

“However, unfortunately it was entirely predictable by anyone even remotely familiar with the ongoing situation there. The people in question have been let down by the statutory agencies, universities and landlords.

“Among that group, the Housing Executive manages the Landlord Registration Scheme and has powers to inspect allegations of breaches of it. If landlords found their properties excluded from the scheme, it would focus their attention on resolving the issues in the area.

“Belfast City Council also has a wide range of powers to intervene, with sanctions and penalties carrying substantial fines. An upgrade of the CCTV available in the Holyland would also be a method to reassure residents their concerns are being taken seriously, which at the moment is not the impression being given by many stakeholders there.”

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