Belfast City Council welcomes green infrastructure initiatives
15 May 2020
Members of Belfast City Council have welcomed news that work is to start on a series of green infrastructure initiatives in parts of the city.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced the plans to support recovery and changes in how people travel.
Welcoming plans to trial pedestrianisation of streets in the Cathedral Quarter, as well as the first phase of widening pavements starting in the Linen Quarter to aid social distancing, Chair of City Growth and Regeneration Councillor Ryan Murphy said: “For some time now we have been working with Department for Infrastructure and Department for Communities to look at how we reimagine our city centre with a focus on moving to a greener, walkable and more connected core.
“I am delighted that progress is being made to develop our joint vision. Changes to our public realm that better support walking and cycling will help to build a more sustainable city, and therefore, a more sustainable future."
We know there is an appetite among the public for pedestrianising parts of the city centre, and as we move to the recovery stage of the current pandemic, as lockdown restrictions start to ease, we will all have to get used to a new way of moving and travelling. “These works announced today will help enable social distancing and create safer walking and cycling routes, better connecting communities to the city centre – something which is at the heart of our emerging Bolder Vision for Belfast.
In a joint statement, Party Group Leaders said: “We welcome today’s announcement from the Minister for Infrastructure and look forward to working with her department to develop further proposals to bring forward the implementation of our reimagined vision for the future city centre.”