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Public consultation into proposed changes to dual language Belfast street signs

Irish is the most popular choice for the new street signs. Picture by Bill Smyth

RATEPAYERS will be asked to give their views on Belfast City Council plans to make it easier to put up bilingual street signs.

It follows on from a council decision in January to revise the policy.

The change would allow just one resident or their councillor to request a bilingual street sign and can be forwarded for council approval if it gains the support of 15 per cent of those in the area on the electoral register.

The cost of putting up a dual-language sign in the city is estimated at about £1,000.

A council spokesperson said the dual signs policy applies to all languages.

Public consultation opened yesterday and will last 14 weeks.

Online information sessions are being held between 7-8pm on November 30, December 2 and December 8 and 9.

Information on how to register for the sessions is at and the consultation is available at

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