Opposition towards a proposed bookmakers shop was mounting in January 1967.
Planning permission for the betting office, which was to be situated in Cloughfern, had been granted at a council meeting in December 1966.
Since permission had been given, 700 people had signed a protest petition organised by the Cloughfern Ratepayers’ Association.
Six Labour councillors forced a special meeting of Newtownabbey Urban Council to review the planning permission decision.
The councillors, who had voted against the permission being granted in December 1966, were expecting a large turnout of ratepayers to lobby the meeting.
Cllr R Johnston said: “This is a residential area and the wrong place for a bookie’s shop.”
Belfast bookmaker, Mr Kevin Prenter, proposed to convert a private house at the corner of Doagh Road and Hillview Avenue into a betting office.
One resident said : “No one around here wants the shop. It’s the type of crowd that gathers round a bookie’s office.
“I don’t want my children to grow up with people standing on the corner spitting and cursing.”