The mural referencing The Undertones’ 1978 classic song Teenage Kicks had been located on the Bridge End flyover since 2004, along with a reference to the song’s biggest fan, DJ John Peel. However, it was removed by the DSD, which claimed it was part of an improvement scheme.
Alliance representative Mr Lyttle said people in East Belfast were “frustrated” by the art’s removal.
“There is certainly a question being asked as to why this popular, non-divisive mural was painted over and more contentious ones have been left as they are.
“I have contacted DSD with a view to getting what had become an iconic image for the residents of East Belfast restored as soon as possible and I hope that will be the case.”