Big thank you from

Campaign ends
in success for
local group

IN 1999 a local Community Group welcomed the end to a three year campaign to have a pelican crossing on the Prince William Road.

Parents who had children attending Kilowen Primary and Laurelhill College complained that there might be a serious accident unless action was taken.

Motorists using the Knockmore Road at peak times complained they had to sit at the junction for 20 minutes.

Finally the pressure of Kilowen Primary Principal John Crothers, MP Jeffrey Donaldson and local councillors the Department of Environment agreed to set up the Pedestrian Crossing and traffic lights.

issue angers

IN 1972 parents of pupils who attended Legacurry Primary School aired their objections to the proposals to have the school closed down.

The plan included the completion of a new school in the Bailies Mills area. Parents found the plans completely unacceptable and had began signing a petition which they would send on to the Minister of Education.

A meeting was called to raise awareness of the situation and for parents to put forward constructive reasons for the enlargement of the school.


Looking back at news from Lisburn's past

The first pupils ready to start the new Knockmore Primary School back in 1972

The first pupils ready to start the new Knockmore Primary School back in 1972

Bookies bid gets over final hurdle

IN 1969 an application was submitted by Mr William Edward McGranaghan for a certificate of suitability in order to establish a bookmaker business at Suffolk road, Englishtown, Dunmurry.

He was granted the application by Mr Charles Stewart, subject to certain alterations having been carried out to the approval of the Lisburn Rural Council.

The premises had been formerly occupied by the Belfast Co-operative Society Ltd, with planning permission for the bookmaker business granted in December 1968. Three local clergymen opposed the application.

There were 450 signatures in support of the business according to Mr McGranaghan, while Mr Haughton claimed to have 640 signatures objecting to the establishment of such a premises, however he had no objection himself.

Those in opposition wanted to protect the moral welfare of the youth in the area, however Mr Stewart said that the court would not have renewed Mr McGranaghan's bookmakers licence if he had not conducted business in an acceptable manner.

Applications for similar premises were not likely to have been granted.

£1m plus development planned for Lisburn's Manor House Home

The stories making the news in October 10, 1986 on the front page of the Ulster Star included news of pollution scare on the Lagan. Thousands of dead fish had surfaced and residents threatened to contact the EEC. Lisnagarvey Hockey club also denied pondering a £900,000 offer from Marks and Spencers

THE Star reported in February, 1985 that the Manor House Home in Lisburn was set for a £1m plus development.

The sale of the former Hillsborough Road children's home had been agreed in principle after negotiations between the committee and the Church of Ireland Housing Association.

The Government funded Association planned to provide sheltered flats, homes for the more fit elderly and a special centre for the handicapped. The association had already put its proposals to the Department of the Environment.

The Association envisaged a 40-flat sheltered complex on the site, leaving room to build old people's dwellings for the more active senior citizens.

"We believe we will be fulfilling a need which exists in Lisburn borough," said said a spokesman.

Enjoy the fun of sunlight sailing to theIsle of Man

"We have the physically or mentally handicapped in mind. Everything depends on the attitude of the Manor House committee and the Government."

The Manor House Home, run by the Irish Church Missions with State and Public Support, was opened in Lisburn in 1927. The closure was announced in October 1984 when the home was no longer financially viable.
The sheltered accommodation was promised to be a mix of one and two person flats housing 60 pensioners. Anyone eligible was able to apply to the Housing Association. "We cater for all classes and creeds," added the spokesman.

If the go-ahead was given with the development, the Association would appoint a warden to look after residents in a sheltered complex.

How about that...a sunlight sailing to the Isle of Man...and you could
take your car with you back in 1966. The ad from the past pages of the Star also said it was on a Luxury Steamer.

Women's Aid set up refuge

IN 1999 Women's Aid were planning to set up a refuge in Lisburn as it had one of the highest incidents of domestic violence in Northern Ireland.

The 33 bedroom refuge was to be ready by March of 1999. Womens Aid said: "We felt it was time to there was a refuge. here so women don't have to move out of the area. They can remain for a day, a year, or whatever it takes until they can feel safe again or get their own accommodation."

A brighter Lisburn was on the way

IN 1966 the Star reported plans were being put in plat for the improvement of the street lights system in Lisburn.

The council had made a inspection and it was rec convened they should continue to light the area around Bridge Street.

These street lights would entail fluorescent lights on wooden pole, replacing ti metal filament lamps whit previously lit the streets.

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