Bolder Vision for Belfast - Reimagining our City Centre

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A Bolder Vision for Belfast – please visit our Virtual Room

A Bolder Vision is an ambitious blueprint to explore a shared approach to creating a more attractive, accessible, safe and vibrant city.

Developed jointly by Belfast City Council, the Department for Communities and the Department for Infrastructure, the vision is built on the principles of:

  • promoting wellbeing for all
  • prioritising walking, cycling and public transport
  • creating lively, safe and green streets
  • removing barriers to movement between the city centre and surrounding communities

A 12-week public consultation is currently running until 23rd December 2021. The consultation gives members of the public the opportunity to have their say on a number of proposals ('key moves' as we call it) for the future use of the city centre based on emerging infrastructure projects and balancing the requirements of all city stakeholders and users.

There are several areas where we believe we have an opportunity to intervene to transform critical parts of the city to create a green, people focused, connected city centre for current and future users. We call these Key Moves, as follows:

  • Create a Civic Spine – establish a clearly defined and recognisable north-south civic route to provide safe and accessible movement through the city centre, including car-free streets
  • Reimagine the Inner Ring Road and End Car Dominance - transform the 'inner ring' to reduce physical severance for surrounding communities and become a sustainable mobility corridor
  • Promote City Centre Living - encourage city centre living by providing greater quality, choice and affordability of accommodation. Establish a city-wide network of people friendly routes and city parks
  • Embrace the River Lagan and Waterfront - enhance existing, and create new, riverside attractions to encourage better use of the River Lagan. Strengthen connections between the river and the city centre.

This Your Say page is designed to engage with as many residents and stakeholders as possible to help us inform the strategy by identifying the key issues and priorities of the people who live, work, visit or invest in our city centre.

For the purposes of this consultation Belfast City Centre (the study area) is defined by the area shown within the red outline in Figure 1 below:

The geographical boundary limits of the study area are largely defined by the Inner Ring. Moving in a clockwise direction form the north of the city centre it encompasses Carrick Hill, Frederick Street and Dunbar Link along the northern boundary; Waring Street leading to Albert Square, Donegall Quay, Oxford Street along the eastern boundary; East Bridge Street, Cromac Street, Bankmore Street, Bruce Street and Hope Street along the southern boundary, and Durham Street, Grosvenor Road, College Avenue and Millfield along the western boundary.

We have 12 weeks to consult and during this time we want to reach as many people as possible which is why we encourage you to follow this project (link on the right) and to use the tools we created to engage on this topic (below). Your opinion matters. That is why we are also organising a number of webinars that we will advertise on this page.

We have also developed a virtual room to highlight all the key moves (proposals).

A Bolder Vision for Belfast – please visit our Virtual Room

A Bolder Vision is an ambitious blueprint to explore a shared approach to creating a more attractive, accessible, safe and vibrant city.

Developed jointly by Belfast City Council, the Department for Communities and the Department for Infrastructure, the vision is built on the principles of:

  • promoting wellbeing for all
  • prioritising walking, cycling and public transport
  • creating lively, safe and green streets
  • removing barriers to movement between the city centre and surrounding communities

A 12-week public consultation is currently running until 23rd December 2021. The consultation gives members of the public the opportunity to have their say on a number of proposals ('key moves' as we call it) for the future use of the city centre based on emerging infrastructure projects and balancing the requirements of all city stakeholders and users.

There are several areas where we believe we have an opportunity to intervene to transform critical parts of the city to create a green, people focused, connected city centre for current and future users. We call these Key Moves, as follows:

  • Create a Civic Spine – establish a clearly defined and recognisable north-south civic route to provide safe and accessible movement through the city centre, including car-free streets
  • Reimagine the Inner Ring Road and End Car Dominance - transform the 'inner ring' to reduce physical severance for surrounding communities and become a sustainable mobility corridor
  • Promote City Centre Living - encourage city centre living by providing greater quality, choice and affordability of accommodation. Establish a city-wide network of people friendly routes and city parks
  • Embrace the River Lagan and Waterfront - enhance existing, and create new, riverside attractions to encourage better use of the River Lagan. Strengthen connections between the river and the city centre.

This Your Say page is designed to engage with as many residents and stakeholders as possible to help us inform the strategy by identifying the key issues and priorities of the people who live, work, visit or invest in our city centre.

For the purposes of this consultation Belfast City Centre (the study area) is defined by the area shown within the red outline in Figure 1 below:

The geographical boundary limits of the study area are largely defined by the Inner Ring. Moving in a clockwise direction form the north of the city centre it encompasses Carrick Hill, Frederick Street and Dunbar Link along the northern boundary; Waring Street leading to Albert Square, Donegall Quay, Oxford Street along the eastern boundary; East Bridge Street, Cromac Street, Bankmore Street, Bruce Street and Hope Street along the southern boundary, and Durham Street, Grosvenor Road, College Avenue and Millfield along the western boundary.

We have 12 weeks to consult and during this time we want to reach as many people as possible which is why we encourage you to follow this project (link on the right) and to use the tools we created to engage on this topic (below). Your opinion matters. That is why we are also organising a number of webinars that we will advertise on this page.

We have also developed a virtual room to highlight all the key moves (proposals).

  • Your privacy and how we will use your data 

    You do not have to sign in or register on our Your Say Belfast platform to take part.  However if you are a registered user, you must sign out of Your Say Belfast account so that your response is anonymous. Please be aware, that if you are signed into Your Say Belfast, your email and site registration details can be linked to this survey.  

    Belfast City Council is the data controller under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) for any personal data gathered from this survey.  You are not asked to provide any personal data, but if you do, the personal data you provide consensually will be held and stored by the Council in a safe and secure manner and in compliance with data protection legislation and in line with the Council’s Records Retention and Disposal Schedule. 

    As part of the analysis and reporting, we may share written comments and aggregated results with partner agencies or publish summarised results (which may include your comments) in the public domain. If we do this, no personal data or personal information will be shared or disclosed.  If you are responding on behalf of a group or organisation, we may ask that you include the name of the group or organisation.  If applicable, we will seek your permission to disclose your organisation name (and any written comments) in our analysis and feedback reports.     

    If you have any queries regarding the processing of your personal data, please email policy@belfastcity.gov.uk.  If you wish to contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer, please write to Belfast City Council, City Hall, Belfast BT1 5GS or send an email to dataprotection@belfastcity.gov.uk

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