Northern Ireland

Belfast group wants sightseeing bus licences reviewed

Belfast City Centre Management has written to the environment minister to ask that he review new licensing plans for sightseeing bus services.

It said the current proposals and the legislation they are based on are "grossly inadequate".

The group cancelled a meeting scheduled with the operators of the tourist buses and police.

They said this was as they believed no positive outcome was possible.

Andrew Irvine, of Belfast City Centre Management, said they had written to the environment minister, Alex Attwood, to strongly complain over the new proposals and the enforcement of the legislation.

"Such a fundamentally important issue for Belfast city centre should have been given formal public consultation," he said.

"We believe the current proposals and the legislation on which they are based are grossly inadequate.

"These government proposals fall very short of the action that is needed. This industry must be at least adequately managed and we call on the minister to strengthen the proposals, including bringing forward new legislation if it is required."

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