Cllr Aine Groogan calls for regeneration not gentrification

Meán Fómhair 02, 2020 2 min read

Cllr Aine Groogan calls for regeneration not gentrification

Wednesday 02 September 2020

Green Party Councillor Aíne Groogan has voted against the Tribeca Development during a Belfast City Council Planning Committee meeting earlier this evening.
 
Cllr Aíne Groogan said: "I voted against this Cathedral Quarter Development because I do not believe that it represented sustainable planning.
 
"I've listened to the proposals and considered my position very carefully. It is unusual for a Planning Committee member to be so vocal in opposition to a project, but It would be unconscionable for me to stay quiet on a something which frustrates the urgent need to build back better across Belfast.
 
"Belfast City Council must drive regeneration not gentrification. The needs of our communities must take precedence over the desires of developers. This development erodes the character of the area, demolishing buildings and offering no protection for the distinct identity, character and sense of place. We have lost so much of our built heritage in this city and I firmly believe that we must do much, much better to protect it.
 
"The proposed development also erodes public open space - limited enough in Belfast. It's imperative that we protect and enhance our open public space, not sell it off. We have lost Writers Square as we know it and the impact of this will be huge across all the activists, artists and all the people that make Belfast.
 
"I support the aim of having more people living in our city centre, but I’m deeply concerned at the quality of accommodation that has been approved here. People need liveable & long-term homes that are fit-for-purpose.
 
"I am working to foster healthier, happier communities across our city and I don’t believe that this proposal appropriately fulfilled that aim.”

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