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Green Party rep Áine Groogan raises concerns over traffic levels at Kings Hall development

Thursday December 7 2017

The Green Party has appealed to the team behind the development of the King’s Hall site in south Belfast to continue to work with residents and other stakeholders in the area to mitigate any impacts on local traffic levels.

South Belfast representative Áine Groogan welcomed the changes made to date by developers Benmore Healthcare Developments to take local residents’ concerns into account over plans to build a £100m healthcare facility at the former home of the Balmoral Show.

However, she warned that the ongoing traffic problems in the area cannot be allowed to grow any worse.

“This week we discovered that air quality standards for the pollutant nitrogen dioxide have fallen below acceptable levels in Stockman’s Lane, a busy main road close to this site,” she said.

“I am pleased that Benmore have made changes to their plans to reflect residents’ concerns.

“However, given the ongoing traffic congestion around the site and the high levels of traffic-related pollution, it is essential that these plans continued to be adapted in such a way as to be sympathetic to the area and its needs.

“I would call on Benmore to take all appropriate steps to mitigate any potential for the redevelopment to exacerbate these problems,” the Green Party rep said.

She was speaking after visiting a consultation event in the Kings Hall to view the updated plans before the application for planning permission for outline plans and first phase is submitted to Belfast City Council.

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Linda Stewart

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