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Planners give thumbs down to Laser store
In 1999 Planners turned down an application by Laser Ltd. to construct a retail warehouse at the junction of Benson Street and Bentrim Road in Lisburn.

When the decision was brought before Lisburn Council's Planning Committee, Councillor Ned Falloon requested the matter be deferred to allow a site meeting to take place.

However, residents in the area expressed their delight' at the planner's decision.

The Chairperson of the Residents Association pointed out to planners that the previous business at the junction had been a wholesale
stationery and office machinery supplier

Parties unite in battle against drugs

IN 1999 politicians came together to organise a series of drugs awareness seminars as police launched a major crackdown on the illicit trade in the Dunmurry area.

Superintendent Paul Hind-ley said that drug dealers as young as 15 were among those operating in the Dunmurry area and appealed for public help in dealing with the menace.

UDP leader Gary McMichael and South Belfast DUP Councillor Harry Smith co-ordinated the sessions to help educate the public.


Looking back at news from Lisburn's past

The football team from Farrans, Dunmurry and officials back In April, 1966.

The football team from Farrans, Dunmurry and officials back In April, 1966. (Can you name them?

Battle begins to save Lisburn jobs

A LISBURN engineering firm was on the market in 1985 as the receiver fought to save 20 jobs.

Pond Park Industries, which made piping products for the oil industry, had suffered from a fall in demand and had called in Price Waterhouse, a leading firm of chartered accountants.

The company was being managed by Price Waterhouse senior partner as strenuous efforts were made to find a buyer.

The senior partner, whose firm moved into the Pond Park premises on the Altona industrial estate, stressed that work would continue.

"There is a reasonably good order book," he said.

The Receiver said his main concern was to sell off the company as a going concern.

"There will not be mass redundancies," he said.

The senior partner said it would take some five or six weeks to assess the situation and conduct negotiations with potential buyers.

Pond Park Industries was geared to bulk production and at that time the demand did not exist, it was reported.

Chamber tries to bring multi-storey car park

There was good news for workers at Grundig in Dunmurry in July, 1966 when they returned to work after a three week lay-off because of a seamen's strike. 350 workers at the local plant had been out of work during that time.

IN 1985 Lisburn was hastening towards having the most progressive and modern town centre in the province - and a multi-storey car park was on the cards.

The Chamber of Commerce said it intended to turn this much talked about dream into a reality, with the first step being to pressurise the DoE Roads Service into providing the badly needed car park.

Graham Gardens, which was already a ground level car park, was earmarked as a possible site and the Chamber made fresh information available to the National Car Parks.

It was established that more than half the 1,300 car parking spaces that were available in Lisburn at the time were only temporary.

Pre-holiday service all for only 10/-"We have asked the DoE for a time scale on the phasing out of these spaces and should then be in a position to tell the National Car Parks that a multi-storey facility is an urgent priority," revealed Chamber Publicity Officer Mr. Tom Millar.

The Chamber had made a previous approach to the National Car Parks and met with no response.

"We are hoping this additional data will change their attitude," said Mr Millar.

The Chamber was also keen to make observations on the Area Plan for Lisburn which was in the process of being formulated.

The road network in the area also caused the Chamber some concern, with various links in a stop start situation.

"We have asked the Department to tell us exactly what is going on," said Mr Millar.

Now that is a bargain - a car service for only 10 shillings - or 50p is today's money.

Moira shop wins top title

IN 1999 McCartney's Butchers in Moira won the coveted 'Top shop' award for excellence in the butchery trade.

The Main Street shop beat off stiff competition from all over the UK to lift the annual prize. Never before had a Northern Ireland retailer won the award and owner George McCartney was thrilled with the news. George and his brother Gordon received their award at a glittering ceremony in London.

Dunmurry Is most unhealthy village

DUNMURRY was named as the most unhealthy village in the UK for sulphur dioxide contamination in 1999.

The shocking level of environmental pollution in the village was revealed in a DOE report on air quality in Northern Ireland that showed the annual mean of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere in Seymour Hill to be a sky high 79 microgrammes per cubic metre.


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