Pollution scare on the Lagan
IN October 1986
the River Lagan around Newholland Sewage Works sparked of a new wave of Controversy with residents who threatened to call in EEC investigators to alleviate the problem.
Dead fish surfaced it their thousands, the stench of the river became almost unbearable, a hazy blue shimmering mist engulfed the nearby fields and the big worry of local people was that their health was being seriously threatened. The year before an independent investigation of the state of the Lagan revealed it to be dangerous.
LISNAGARVEY Hockey Club Secretary, Howard Clarke, in October l986 flatly denied rumours that club members were discussing a £900,000 bid for their grounds.
Speculation had been mounting suggesting a completion of the deal within a few days. Supermarket giants Marks and Spencer were one of a handful of companies thought to have expressed a keen interest in the land at Sprucefield on the outskirts of the town. Garvey Stalwart Clarke could only confirm that negotiations are in progress'.
Looking back at news from Lisburn's past
Centralised housing authority plan disgust
IN October 1969 there was a swift reaction to the government's plan to create a centralised housing authority. It was described as 'madness' and disgusting.
Condemnation of the plan came from both the Borough and Hillsborough Rural Council.
One member of Hillsborough Council Mr John W. Henderson declared: "it seems that the country is heading for bureaucracy instead of democracy."
And Mr. David Titterington snapped: "Let us ignore the Government until it puts its own house in order."
Mayor James Howard declared; "Local Government is what the people want. Local people know foal needs and I would tell the government to be careful before it goes too far."
And Alderman Samuel Higginson was just as blunt. He said: These proposals should be resisted by all means at our disposal."
Councillor James McKeown said: "Nothing so undemocratic has been done in this country since the time of Nazi Germany. I believe Mr. Faulkner has been pressurised by the British Home Secretary and if he was a true man he would resign."
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