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Council’s New Parklet Scheme Set to Transform Local Hospitality Businesses

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) has announced an exciting opportunity for local restaurants and cafés to express an interest in developing a parklet outside their premises.

This initiative is part of the COVID-19 Recovery Revitalisation Scheme and will be funded by LCCC, in partnership with the Department for Communities (DfC), for businesses that do not currently have any outside space for their customers.

A parklet is an extension of the footpath, or similar area, that provides more space and amenities for people using the street or road. They offer a place to stop, rest and enjoy alfresco dining, while taking in the activities of the area. Parklets are a way of repurposing road space into people focused spaces and are usually installed in on-street parking bays.  

This is an open invitation for existing restaurants and cafés within the urban centres of Lisburn, Carryduff, Dundonald and Forestside, and the rural towns and villages within the council area with a population of more than 3,500 people, to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for review by the council.

Welcoming Space Fore People

Alderman Jim Dillon MBE, Development Committee Chairman said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local hospitality businesses. Parklets can provide a welcoming space for people to eat and drink outside. They enable social distancing, encourage more people to walk or cycle and improve the overall area. Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council endeavours to support local businesses by reinvigorating the urban town centres and the funding available for parklets will help towards achieving this.”

To express an interest in developing a parklet please email by 5pm on Monday 26th April 2021 to receive an application form.  You can also call 028 9244 7542 to find out more.

Eligible submissions will be invited to support a full application to the Department for Infrastructure. Once installed, LCCC will then hand over responsibility to the successful applicant/business who will then continue to ensure the area remains safely maintained, attractive and clean for its users.

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Ribbon Cutting for Blaris Greenway Extension

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has opened Phase 3 of the Blaris Greenway which connects Sprucefield Park and Ride with the Halftown Road providing a safe route to walk, wheel or cycle. Joining Minister Mallon to cut the ribbon are Sustrans Routes and Network Officer, Thomas McConaghie , Lady Mayoress of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sarah Trimble and Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Nicholas Trimble.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has officially opened an extension to the Blaris Greenway scheme.

The latest phase of the scheme links Sprucefield Park and Ride to Halftown Road, a distance of 1.4 kilometres. This brings the total length of the Greenway to 2.8 kilometres from Halftown Road to Blaris Road where it connects with Union Locks, Lisburn and the Lagan Towpath, providing a virtually traffic free route of around 24 kilometres into Belfast city centre. 

The path is four metres wide along the majority of its length and also incorporates a series of passing bays along the route to allow local access for agricultural vehicles, providing ample space for everyone to share safely.

Joining Minister Mallon for a walk and cycle as she opened a 1.4 km extension to the Blaris Greenway between Sprucefield Park and Ride and Halftown Road are Lady Mayoress of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Sarah Trimble, Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Nicholas Trimble and Sustrans Routes and Network Officer, Thomas McConaghie.

Minister Mallon said: “As more of us are choosing pedal power or walking over the traditional car this latest safe traffic-free route will be a welcome addition to the increasingly popular Blaris Greenway by those from local communities who wish to walk, wheel or cycle as a form of leisure or as part of their daily commute.

“The path is conveniently located within reach of Culcavy and Hillsborough,  provides access to  Maze-Long Kesh and has direct public transport connections to Belfast from the Sprucefield Park and Ride site.

“It was important for me that the local farming community also had access to their agricultural land and I am pleased that we have been able to incorporate passing bays along the path, providing safe passage for all who travel along it.

“I remain committed to creating more active travel opportunities and developing sustainable infrastructure projects and I will continue to work with Executive colleagues, councils and other partners to help deliver cleaner, greener, sustainable active travel infrastructure across our island.”

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon enjoys a cycle with Sustrans Routes and Network Officer, Thomas McConaghie as she opened Phase 3 of the Blaris Greenway which connects Sprucefield Park and Ride with the Halftown Road providing a safe route to walk, wheel or cycle.

Caroline Bloomfield, Sustrans Northern Ireland Director said: “It is fantastic to see this high quality, safe walking and cycling route all the way from the Maze village in Co Down to Belfast. It enhances the National Cycle Network, extending NCN Route 9 via the Lagan Towpath to give more than 20 kilometres of virtually traffic-free walking and cycling. Greenways are essential to ensure walking and cycling can be for everyone, whatever their ability. With so many people living along this corridor there are huge benefits for people’s physical and mental health, as well as the environment.”

Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Nicholas Trimble added: “We are delighted that the Blaris Greenway is progressing and connecting more of our rural areas with Lisburn city centre and the towpath into Belfast.  I am confident that cyclists will enjoy the opportunity to cycle further off-road and can use it to get to any events that may take place at the Maze-Long Kesh site in the future.  I would like to thank the Department for Infrastructure for their continued investment in our area.”

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Exciting Development at Dundonald Ice Bowl as Planning Permission Approved

Dundonald Ice Bowl Artist Rendering

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has approved planning permission to redevelop Dundonald International Ice Bowl with plans that will see it transformed in to a top class attraction with state of the art facilities in a sleek, modern fit for purpose building.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Chairman of the Capital Projects Committee said: “I am delighted to see this project pass a key milestone. The innovative plans include a new Olympic sized ice rink, the only public one on the island of Ireland putting Lisburn and Castlereagh on the map in the professional skating world.

“Along with tenpin bowling and a children’s soft play & adventure play area, we will attract visitors from across NI and beyond, ensuring we retain our status as one of NI’s leading visitor attractions.

“The local community will also benefit from new primary health care and community facilities including an outdoor children’s play area. There will be restaurants, offices and new car parking, all surrounded by contemporary landscaping. I am excited to see how this develops.”

Alderman Michael Henderson MBE, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee added: “The success of Dundonald International Ice Bowl speaks for itself, welcoming over 600,000 people through its doors each year. Its importance as a regional attraction is evident, supporting tourism, economic activity, job creation and now providing services to the community under these new plans.

“The new Dundonald International Ice Bowl will bring so many benefits to the area and the surrounding businesses. Plans will be phased so that visitors can continue to enjoy the Ice Bowl and all that it offers during development and so that jobs can be sustained throughout the process.

“I welcome the approval of planning for this project and am excited to see the plans progress.”

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