Belfast streets deserted as many tenants are moved to new housing estates under the slum clearance and redevelopment scheme.

In August 1960, the Northern Ministry of Health and Local Government approved the slum clearance and redevelopment scheme proposed by Belfast Corporation for the Upper Library Street area.

Belfast Corporation is now in the process of tearing down the 150 year old slums in the centre of the city and redeveloping the sites.

Demolition of Upper Library Street is well underway and what used to be one of the oldest slums in Belfast is now flat waste ground.

Many shop-fronts are boarded up. A sign on a furniture shop alerts potential customers of its new Castle Place location.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 January 1964. The footage shown here is mute.