27th Mar 2019 in Business

Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District backs plan and encourages businesses to take part in a survey.

Destination CQ, the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) has welcomed progress by the Department of the Communities to move forward on the Clifton Gateway Public Realm Project to improve access between the north of Belfast and the city centre.

Destination CQ BID Manager, Gareth Neill, said the project will also build on the existing architectural heritage in the area.

“This is fantastic investment in upper Donegall Street & surrounding areas; improving the connection with North Belfast and the City Centre is a priority and one which is welcomed,” he said.

“Smithfield & Union has a fantastic history of independent retail, long standing family businesses and hospitality venues which create the vibrant district we are keen to support and promote as part of the City experience.

“The wider Clifton enhancement project has the potential to assist the Heritage Lottery funded
Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District backs plan and encourages businesses to take part in survey.

The Department of Communities now wants businesses to take part in a survey to help further develop their plans and Gareth said all businesses in the area should take part.
In a statement the department said: We would be grateful if you could spend a few minutes to complete the following questions. Your answers will enable us to measure the impact of the project and your views on this are greatly appreciated.” The survey can be found here

Clifton Gateway Public Realm Project – Business Survey

The Department for Communities is committed to delivering public realm improvements in Belfast. The area to be improved includes the north section of Donegall Street (from its junction with York Street), Clifton Street, Carlisle Circus and part of Crumlin Road to its junction with Cliftonpark Avenue.

The aims of the improvements are to:

• upgrade footways to natural stone paving
• to address the severance between the communities in the Crumlin/Ardoyne and in the Inner North Neighbourhood Renewal Areas (NRA) and city centre
• to strengthen the cycling/walking connections between the City Centre and the major, DfC-owned, Girdwood Park site and encourage further development on the site
• to design and deliver the infrastructure necessary to accommodate future sustainable transport (e.g. quality bus corridor, future Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) requirements within the project area
• to design and deliver the infrastructure necessary to accommodate the Belfast Cycle Network Programme
• to address obstructions and impediments to inclusive mobility within the project area.
• to develop a public art strategy to complement the public realm project

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