Consultation on Council decision to erect bilingual naming and internal directional signage at Brook Leisure Centre

Closed 13 Mar 2020

Opened 20 Dec 2019

Overview

Overview

Belfast aims to be a welcoming and inclusive city for all.  One way to do this is to encourage linguistic diversity, which is about acknowledging and promoting different languages.

Our Language Strategy 2018 - 23 sets out our commitment to linguistic diversity, including:

  • a commitment to adopt the use of Irish and Ulster Scots in signs, particularly where 'it will be seen primarily by users of Irish / Ulster-Scots'
  • meeting the language and communication needs of disabled people
  • meeting the needs of new communities’ languages to take into account the increasing ethnic diversity of the city 

We are currently developing a number of workstreams associated with our Language Strategy.  This includes looking at the use of Irish and Ulster-Scots at our leisure centres, focusing in the first instance on our new or refurbished leisure centres.  Decisions with respect to signage will be mindful of the location and history of each of our leisure centres, along with the needs of new communities and disabled people. We are also proposing that where practical, internal directional signage would include pictorial signage to enhance accessibility, for example, to our new communities and disabled people.

Why We Are Consulting

Following a Special Council meeting on Friday 11 October 2019, Council agreed that multilingual welcome signs should be installed in all our leisure centres and that a public consultation be undertaken regarding bilingual / multilingual signage at our four new citywide leisure centres. In addition, Council agreed in principle to the use bilingual (English and Irish) signage at Brook Leisure Centre. 

Brook Leisure Centre is a local facility, which has been completely refurbished as part of our £105m Leisure Transformation Programme.  As it is due to open in January 2020, our elected Members agreed that the bilingual signage should be in place for the centre’s opening. This is an interim decision and will be subject to formal consultation.  Council will therefore review this decision following this consultation period.

This is your opportunity to have your about the use of bilingual signage at Brook Leisure Centre.

We particularly want to hear from local people and those who use or are likely to use this centre.  The consultation will run for a twelve-week period, which will also give you a chance to see what the bilingual and pictorial signage will look like in practice.

There are different ways you can get involved:

  • Call into Brook Leisure Centre on Thursday 30th Jan from 3-4pm and 6-7pm;
  • Complete our online questionnaire by clicking on the link below.  Hard copies are also available for those unable to access the material electronically.

An approach for other local facilities will be addressed in due course as part of the Council’s Language Strategy 2018-2023.

Accessibility

The relevant documents are also available, on request, in alternative formats- Braille, audio, large print, easy read. The Council will also consider requests to produce them in other languages. If you require any of the consultation documents in these or any other formats please contact us:

Physical Programmes Department

Belfast City Council

9 Adelaide Street

Belfast, BT2 8DJ

Tel: 028 90320202

e-mail: leisuretransformation@belfastcity.gov.uk

Sign video: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/contact/ContactUs.aspx

 

Events

  • Brook Leisure Centre Drop-in Session

    From 30 Jan 2020 at 15:00 to 30 Jan 2020 at 16:00

    In tandem with the online consultation we will be holding drop in sessions at Brook Leisure Centre on 30th Jan where everyone is welcome to come along and hear more about the Council's Language Strategy and give their feedback. Just call into Brook Leisure Centre at the published times.

  • Brook Leisure Centre Drop-in Session

    From 30 Jan 2020 at 18:00 to 30 Jan 2020 at 19:00

    In tandem with the online consultation we will be holding drop in sessions at Brook Leisure Centre on 30th Jan where everyone is welcome to come along and hear more about the Council's Language Strategy and give their feedback. Just call into Brook Leisure Centre at the published times.

Areas

  • COLLIN GLEN
  • DUNMURRY
  • LAGMORE
  • POLEGLASS
  • STEWARTSTOWN
  • TWINBROOK

Interests

  • People and Communities
  • City Development
  • Council Facilities
  • Council Business