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Well what more can I say?

After a lovely, relaxing, weekend break away to celebrate my wife's birthday, we returned to the joy of finding the pavement outside our home 'upgraded' for fibre internet access.

I repeat - as a former District and County Councillor I understand only too well the challenging circumstances local authorities are working under, but I simply can't believe the current state of Cliftonville, the beautiful place that's been my pride and joy for my whole life.

I stood down from my council duties three years ago and shortly afterwards walked away from party politics altogether, so I truly no longer have any political axe to grind whatsoever.

As frustrating as it was back then, I absolutely loved my time in local government and I truly know how difficult it can be, fighting to keep public areas looking reasonable.

However, what I've witnessed outside my own home this week is an absolute disgrace and when added to the same 'upgrading' taking place across Cliftonville and the miles of weeds, is far worse in scale than anything I can ever remember. We're suffering the 'double-whammy' of both vandalism and utter neglect over a massive area.

The pictures below were all taken on within fifty yards of my home. There's literally many more hundreds of 'similar' examples in our surrounding streets.

Invisible reinstatement a? Breaks my heart.

I say again - I don't really care which local authority it concerns or what political party is in control of matters, I just want someone, somewhere to get a grip and smarten this place up again.


Further reading.

Clive Hart
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