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Community asked to share views on walkway improvement plans

Date: 26 Feb 2019

Residents of east Belfast are being invited to share their views on plans for environmental improvements at Bloomfield Walkway.

The stretch of walkway – which runs from Beersbridge Road onto Upper Newtownards Road at the Holywood Arches – is owned by the Department for Infrastructure who have provided funding for the scheme which will be delivered by Belfast City Council.

Work is due to start on-site at the end of March with plans including new planting and landscaping; street furniture; upgrading of paths and resurfacing; enhanced lighting, and improved accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

Two info sessions are being held for people to come along and hear more about the plans and share their feedback:
• Eastside Visitor Centre, 402 Newtownards Road, Friday 8 March, 2pm-7pm;
• Walkway Community Centre, Finvoy Street, Monday 11 March, 10am-3pm.

Peter Johnston, chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said: “Bloomfield Walkway is a key link for pedestrians and cyclists, and has already benefitted from investment via Council’s Local Investment Fund, with the creation of a play park and multi-use games area in 2015.

“This work will build on those enhancements to create a welcoming, safe and attractive linear park for the local community to enjoy. The works will also mean improved accessibility for cyclists and walkers along this stretch of the Comber Greenway.”

The project is part of wider improvement plans for the east of the city which seek to regenerate key stretches of the Greenway down to Titanic railway halt to improve open spaces and the travel infrastructure.

Councillor Johnston added: “While this project will be delivered by Council, it is an example of how we are taking an area-planning approach with our partners to ensure that there is joined-up thinking and consistency of design between projects to ensure that, together, we are delivering the best possible result for communities.

“Our Belfast Agenda has clear goals to deliver a vibrant, attractive, connected and environmentally sustainable city for everyone; to improve people’s health and wellbeing, and to encourage engagement and inclusivity; and as a Council, we are committed to working with our partners to achieve those aims through projects such as the Greenway projects.”

A DfI official commented: "The Department is pleased to be working collaboratively with Belfast City Council on this important improvement project at Bloomfield Walkway. The enhancements have been carefully considered and will provide a significant improvement for walkers and cyclists using this stretch of the Comber Greenway."

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