Ekin hits out at "orgy of destruction"

A LOCAL Councillor has hit out at whoever was responsible for the recent spate of violence which flared in the Donegall Pass and Sandy Row areas of South Belfast.

And the Alliance Party’s Tom Ekin, who is a councillor for the Balmoral area of South Belfast, has confirmed that he will be calling on Belfast City Council chiefs to launch a major clean-up operation of the two areas.

The Alliance Councillor also said that Belfast City Council must do “everything in its power” to enhance the image of both areas.

“The apparent celebrations of the Battle of the Somme in the Donegall Pass and Sandy Row areas of South Belfast in recent days can only be viewed with the utmost contempt,” said the Alliance Councillor.

“The thrashing of streets, the wrecking of roads and the destruction in both areas was completely unwarranted.

“Both areas have been destroyed and the negative image being portrayed around the world will undoubtedly have economic implications.

“That’s why I feel that the Council should make moves to address this problem immediately. It is essential that image of both areas is drastically improved.

“We must make sure that the re-generation of both areas is a priority with the Council

“I think a major clean-up operation is one way of addressing this problem and I believe that the residents of both areas would strongly support this plan. The good families of both areas must be allowed to live in peace,” added Mr. Ekin.

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