Anna Lo MLA said: “This is an issue of massive concern for people in the area and I am pleased to bring this to the floor of the Assembly. Anti-social behaviour is something that affects the lives of everyone in the area, both longer-term residents and students. Much has been done by all agencies, but I want to ensure that there is no complacency in future.
“People will not accept scenes like those that we saw last St Patrick’s Day in the Holylands ever again. That was tantamount to torture for people living in the area. The thoughtless actions of a few must not be allowed to spoil a great day for everyone else.
“This is about protecting students as well as local residents. The parents of young people at university need to be confident that measures are in place to allow their sons and daughters to get on with their studies and their lives free from the hassle caused by a small minority of students.”