Local Community Centre Hosts Greenway Meeting

Local Community Centre hosts Greenway Meeting

Bloomfield Community Centre hosted a public meeting for local residents to hear more about proposals for the £40m Connswater Community Greenway and how it would impact on their area.

Residents from Linen Court, Abetta Parade and Glenhoy Drive attended the meeting hosted by Bloomfield Community Association and heard from members of the Connswater Community Greenway project team who described what they were planning to deliver in this area of the scheme. Residents were encouraged to bring forward their own ideas, thoughts and concerns about proposals and to highlight any issues that they thought might have been overlooked.

With 19kms of cycle and footpaths, a major clean up of the Knock, Loop and Connswater Rivers, new civic space and increased access to existing parks and leisure facilities being introduced on their doorsteps, local residents were keen to find out more and to contribute their own thoughts and ideas about the project, in particular the hidden jewel that is the Hollow at Elmgrove of which the people in the area have a particular association with and fondness for.

Residents addressed a number of questions to the CCG panel which consisted of Sammy Douglas – CC Project Champion (Chairing), Sean Brannigan -  CCG Community Engagement Officer, Willie Dornan – McAdam Design and Celine Dunlop – Belfast City Council. In an extensive question and answer session residents voiced their support for the project and brought forward a number of ideas that they would like to see developed through the project.

Speaking after the meeting  Sean Brannigan, Community Engagement Officer said “East Belfast Partnership are very much a community based organisation with the CCG seen as a response to a number of issues impacting directly on the residents of East Belfast. The project will not succeed without the direct support, commitment, ideas and involvement of all local residents and I am delighted to have seen so many people turning up and contributing their time, energy and ideas to the project. Hopefully we have addressed any issues the residents attending raised and we anticipate running a number of events along the entire route to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn about the project and put forward their own ideas, ensuring that the project remains firmly in community ownership.”