The under-threat St Patrick’s Day concert in Belfast has been given the go ahead following a Belfast Council Committee meeting

On Monday, Belfast City Council was seeking approval to cancel next March’s Custom House Square concert on health and safety grounds.

On Wednesday, the local authority asked the council’s Growth and Regeneration Committee to amend the 2018 celebrations to a parade-only event.

It was decided that the Saint Patrick’s Day concert and parade will go ahead pending decisions made regarding finishing time and the location of the parade.

The request followed council concerns that the concert, which has been staged for the past 11 years and draws a crowd of tens of thousands, would pose a “major risk to the public, contractors and council staff”.

A report presented to councillors advised that the changes “are designed to increase the robustness of health and safety plans attached to the event”.

It cites concerns over the capacity of Custom House Square, particularly around the number of people trying to access the venue after the parade.

Belfast Telegraph

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