The Belfast Conversation
Community planning is about giving local people a voice - a way for local people to help identify and shape what we want Belfast and our local areas to be like.
To help us develop the Belfast Agenda we created the 'Belfast Conversation' to get a better understanding of residents’, community groups’ and partner organisations’ aspirations for the city and how they would like to see it shape and develop over the next 15 years.
In May 2015 we ran a series of community workshops and an online survey, asking questions like
- What do you like about Belfast?
- How can we make our city better?
- What’s your vision for Belfast in 2030?
The response of participants was overwhelmingly positive with each workshop generating a wealth of ideas to help shape the Belfast Agenda. There were many recurring themes and ideas. These included ideas around:
- enhancing the city's public transport infrastructure
- the need for greater co-ordination and support for the economy, skills and employability
- addressing issues of community relations, social and health inequalities
- making the most of our physically compact city and enhancing the city's strong links to our surrounding natural environment
- stronger civic participation and engagement and about finding ways to support greater individual fulfilment and self-empowerment.
A more detailed analysis of your feedback is available in our summary report
We will continue the Belfast conversation in 2016 to provide further opportunities for you to have your say on the emerging Belfast Agenda, before holding a formal consultation towards the end of the year.
2014 Residents’ survey
In September 2014, we carried out an online survey and a door-to-door resident survey of a representative sample of about 1,500 people from the new Belfast area.
Some of the key results:
- 92 per cent of respondents stated that they are satisfied with Belfast as a place to live.
- 86 per cent of respondents are satisfied with their local area.
- 35 per cent rated creating a strong economy as their top priority for the city.
The top three economic priorities were rated as:
- creating jobs
- improving skills and employability
- attracting investment.
The top three social priorities were rated as:
- improving safety, reducing crime and antisocial behaviour
- improving community relations
- improving people’s health and wellbeing.
The top three environmental priorities were rated as:
- creating a cleaner and more attractive city
- managing waste
- energy efficiency and investment in renewable technology.
Download an overview of the survey results. (PDF - 751KB)
View photos from our Belfast Conversation workshops.
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