16/08/2019

Alleged UVF Threats Made At Lisnasharragh

An alleged UVF threat has been made against contractors working on a leisure centre in east Belfast.

It is understood that work may be halted at Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre, the site of the former Robinson Centre, due to threats lodged by the paramilitary group.

Alliance Councillor for the area Eric Hanvey said Belfast City Council was aware of the intimidation, which came about due to work to turn a section of the site previously used for 11 July bonfires into 3G pitches and a children's playground.
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Lisnasharragh representative Mr Hanvey condemned the behaviour as unacceptable. He said: "People in Lisnasharragh and further afield have been calling for a new state of the art leisure centre for some time. In addition, there has been a strong local desire for 3G pitches to be installed here. Now that is happening and the workers have to face intimidation, therefore it is looking likely work will be stopped there.

"I'm aware that the Council consulted at length with the community over these plans and there is support for the new layout. It is important to recognise this pitch can be used by the community for a wide range of sports and events. There have also been offers to provide a beacon on the site so the Eleventh celebrations can go ahead without damage to the facilities.

"The people behind this bullying behaviour don't speak for the community and a 3G pitch for community use year-round is more important than a big bonfire on one day of the year. I call on those who have given the threats to remove them immediately and allow workers to go on site without the risk of violence or worse."



(JG/CM)

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