Belfast Holylands residents ‘hostages in own homes’ due to anti-social students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“Residents in Belfast’s Holylands who say that they are virtual prisoners in their own homes due to student mayhem fear there is no end in sight to the ongoing problem. Sunday marked the start of Freshers’ Week at Queen’s University, with those who live in the south Belfast ‘student land’ saying they are being held hostage to hooliganism …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Belfast nightclub’s 60p drinks offer for students condemned

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

“A Belfast nightclub has come under fire for a student night drinks promotion offering bottles, spirits, mixers and shots for as little as 60p each. Aiming to cash in as university students return to the city after the summer break, Fourteen in Tomb Street launched the ‘666’ promotion last night – a day after drunken students wreaked havoc around the Holylands at the start of Freshers Week …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents’ angry at rowdy street parties

Posted in Governance and administration on July 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Holyland residents have expressed outrage after being forced to endure a ‘weekend from hell’ as hundreds of young people partied on the streets of the south Belfast neighbourhood …” (more)

[Brett Campbell, Belfast Telegraph, 3 July]

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Belfast councillor criticised for Holylands flats plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 3rd, 2018 by steve

“Belfast City Council has been criticised for granting a councillor planning permission for new flats in the Holylands despite efforts to reduce the area’s high concentration of students …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 2 February]

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The Holylands: a manifesto for urban renewal

Posted in Governance and administration on November 17th, 2017 by steve

“Since my election in 2014, I’ve devoted a fair bit of time and effort to the challenges faced by the Holylands and its community of settled residents. I won’t rehearse the full and inglorious history of how we arrived here but the experiences that residents have endured are just awful …” (more)

[Emmet McDonough-Brown, Slugger O’Toole, 17 November]

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Belfast council has ‘graduated response’ to Holylands disorder

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 10th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has defended not issuing any fines last month for on-street drinking in the Holylands, saying it adopted a ‘graduated response’. It said this involved advising students of the law during the freshers’ period and ‘warning them that they could be prosecuted’ for anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Brendan Hughes, Irish News, 9 October]

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Holyland ‘written off’ by Belfast council, claims Green MLA Bailey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

“Belfast City Council has ‘written off’ the Holyland area, a Green MLA has claimed. Clare Bailey a representative for the area said a Freedom of Information request she had made revealed there had only been seven fines issued since January in the area. Last month residents told the Belfast Telegraph they felt ‘under siege’ during Freshers’ Week. They described mayhem, partying and drunkenness …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 9 October]

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Belfast Holyland residents frustrated over parking scheme

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2017 by steve

“Residents in south Belfast’s Holyland area say they are frustrated at the lack of a parking scheme for the area more than 10 months on from when it was first announced. The scheme for College Park Avenue and Rugby Road was given the go-ahead by the former Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard last November …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Belfast Holyland residents ‘under siege’ during Freshers Week antics

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2017 by steve

“Three arrests have been made in the Holyland area of Belfast as students return for the Freshers Week ahead of the start of the University year. In recent years the Holyland in south Belfast has become infamous for large numbers of young people taking part in anti-social behaviour to the distress of residents. There were similar incidents this time last year as students arrived and took up accommodation in the area …” (more)

[Claire Williamson, Belfast Telegraph, 20 September]

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PSNI arrests 11 in Belfast’s Holyland on St Patrick’s Day

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Police Service of Northern Ireland made at least 11 arrests on St Patrick’s Day in the Holyland area of south Belfast, a district densely populated by students. On Friday there was a heavy police presence in the district which is full of multiple-occupancy houses, pubs and restaurants …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Police urge revellers avoid Holyland area of Belfast amid ‘low-level disorder’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 18th, 2017 by steve

“Police are dealing with low-level disorder in Belfast’s Holyland. The area is busy with St Patrick’s Day revellers. Officers have a mobile cell van in case of trouble …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 17 March]

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Belfast’s Holyland: ‘Magaluf-type party land’ for students

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2017 by steve

“Debate rages as to whether the south Belfast area densely populated by students is called the Holyland or the Holylands, but what is unanimously agreed is that antisocial behaviour has been an issue there for many years. Holyland resident Bríd Ruddy has lived in the area …” (more)

[Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, 13 February]

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Drunken students ‘risking future careers’, says university

Posted in Legal issues on September 22nd, 2016 by steve

UK“Students involved in anti-social behaviour in Belfast’s Holyland area are putting their education and careers at risk, says Queen’s University. More than 150 complaints about the behaviour of students from various institutions have been lodged with Belfast City Council since Monday …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 September]

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Fury over students’ photos on Facebook

Posted in Life on October 6th, 2012 by steve

“A Facebook page carrying derogatory comments about young women walking home after a night out allegedly compiled by students in Belfast has been slammed by student leaders …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 6 October]

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Property People ‘sorry’ over abuse of student

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2012 by steve

“A Belfast property company has apologised to a resident after he was threatened and verbally abused by one of its employees. A recording of the incident captured by student Bill McAtavey was heard by hundreds of people when it was uploaded to YouTube …” (more)

[Anna Maguire, Belfast Telegraph, 16 May]

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Holyland policing on St Patrick’s Day exceeded £100K

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2012 by steve

“The cost of policing the Holyland area of Belfast over the St Patrick’s Day weekend this year exceeded £100,000. The total cost of policing the area on 15, 16 and 17 March came to £109,244. It does not include costs incurred by the council or the universities …” (more)

[BBC News, 26 April]

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Revealed: plan to take students out of Belfast’s Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2012 by steve

“First year university students in Northern Ireland could be forced to reside in university accommodation, under radical new plans to tackle the issue of student housing …” (more)

[Lindsay Fergus, Belfast Telegraph, 28 March]

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Holyland report says student housing needed elsewhere in Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2012 by steve

“An independent report into Belfast’s Holyland area is expected to recommend that more student housing is provided elsewhere in the city. The study was commissioned by Belfast City Council in 2010 and is due to be published on Tuesday …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 March]

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Police ‘content’ with St Patrick’s in Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 18th, 2012 by steve

“The PSNI has said they were ‘content’ with events in south Belfast’s Holyland area on St Patrick’s Day. Police officers, alongside officials from the city Council, the University of Ulster and Queen’s had been patrolling the area since Thursday …” (more)

[BBC News, 18 March]

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Eight arrested in Holyland unrest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“Eight people were arrested overnight in the Holyland area of Belfast for a range of anti-social behaviour. Police officers and representatives of the University of Ulster and Queen’s were in the area from Thursday evening …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 March]

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