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Belfast councillors vote to remove big screen in City Hall grounds

The big screen at Belfast City Hall could be no more after councillors voted for its removal. Picture by Cliff Donaldson
Staff Reporter

THE big screen which greets visitors at the grounds of Belfast City Hall could soon be no more after councillors voted for its removal.

Members of Belfast City Council's strategic policy and resources committee have voted to put the screen up for sale via the council's Asset Disposal Register.

Although it operates around the clock, it has been used to attract gatherings of people to the lawns of City Hall to watch sporting events since its installation in 2011, but the numbers attending to watch have never been particularly high.

The screen is now understood to require maintenance work costing around £120,000.

Councillors at the committee argued that the price of the upgrade is too high and questioned whether the screen was drawing enough people to the City Hall grounds to merit a further outlay.

It will remain a fixture at City Hall until it is either purchased or becomes obsolete, but will definitely be gone by 2019, when its temporary planning permit expires.

The only remaining possible reprieve for the screen will come when a full meeting of Belfast City Council votes on the committee's decision on October 3.

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