The director of Belfast Culture Night, Adam Turkington, yesterday said he would like see the community kick-start a campaign to recreate the east Belfast mural painted over in June “which would only cost around £200 for the materials”.
Mr Turkington from Seedhead Arts said he believed the iconic mural of lyrics from Teenage Kicks by The Undertones should be recreated “in the spirit in which it was originally intended as opposed to some community mural where Catholics and Protestants are holding hands”.
But a DSD spokesman said they are currently “taking forward a £300,00 public realm scheme in this area”.
The spokesman said: “Each scheme is assessed individually and community consultation is carried out. Community representatives are working with the department to develop a proposal to bring together teenagers from the Short Strand and Newtownards Road area to design alternative community art work in this location.”
He said he did not foresee “any issue” with an agreed new community mural, subject to consultation with Roads Service, which owns the wall.