Friday 15 May 2020
Green Party Councillor for Botanic, Aine Groogan has welcomed plans to pedestrianise the Hill Street and Gordon Street areas of Belfast.
Aine Groogan said: “This is a positive development and one that provides a source of optimism for how our city will emerge from this crisis.
“Hill Street and Gordon Street are focal points for Belfast’s night time economy. Pedestrianisation will provide a much needed boost for the hospitality sector and create space once bars and restaurants are reopened.
“Additional details on pavement widening have been provided by the Department. While I welcome this I am disappointed that the Queens Quarter area hasn’t been included in plans for either pedestrianisation or pavement widening.
“I look forward to seeing the Minister’s plans for further improvements across the city, particularly in relation to cycling infrastructure. These plans include safe, segregated and connected cycling lanes on our arterial routes and most importantly, these must be permanent changes to our city’s infrastructure.
“These are baby steps in the right direction but we need a brave new vision for our city - one which prioritises active travel and fosters the cafe culture that we appreciate in other European cities.
“Facilitating private cars has dictated the use of space across Belfast for decades. We must emerge from this crisis through a Green Recovery and make a just transition to a low carbon economy. Prioritising active travel and ending our addiction to private car use are crucial aspects of that.”
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