06/03/2013

St George's Rent Request Dismissed

Belfast City Council has turned down a request from St George's market traders for two months rent free to compensate for lost trade during Union Flag Protests.

The traders have noted their disappointment but have welcomed the councils plans not increase stall fees for 2014.

Free rent would have cost the council just over £65,000. It is also believed they feared the agreement would lead to further requests from other traders.
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Loyalist flag protests have been taking place since 3 December, when Belfast City Council voted to limit the number of days the union flag is flown outside the City Hall.

(GK)

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