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York Street lnterchange

News Date: 15th February, 2024








A Phased, Simplified And Low Carbon Alternative!

LARG Member to suggest new design alternative for the forthcoming York Street Interchange building project.

A phased, simplified and low carbon alternative design has be proposed by local architect, community activist and LARG member Mark Hackett

Aiming to deliver early and simple phasing to remove traffic lights on strategic routes and the optimisation of flow through the remaining lights.  Proposes minimal physical ground works and excavations, this naturally involves compromise on some routes. Since 1993 a contingent road condition has existed - this proposal assumes a contingent optimisation for a climate crisis era. One further high level link could remove the last traffic light.

Pre-Works Phase

Phase 2 Option

Local Benefit's & Issues

Residents in Thomas and Lancaster Street would still be able to access the end of York Street and residents section of Great George's Street can be made two way so residents are not taking a long loop. 

The solution allows more sound buffer space to be planned for residents overlooking the roads. Residents would have safe and good walking access to City Gate. Overall there will be less through traffic in local areas and the regional traffic can be better screened off and hidden. For regional traffic they get immediate improvements, residents get less pollution from stopped up vehicles. 

It may seem that York Street connection for buses is longer - but if you are sitting on the bus this has no impact - bus users get useful new stops near the river and bridges to TQ, and still get dropped at the university and into the city.

Festival

News Date: 9th February, 2024








Festival Celebrates North Belfast!

Celebrating North Belfast's vibrant and diverse community, its rich cultural history and unique built heritage landscape.

Check out the third 'Look North' Festival! The North Belfast Festival. A wonderful weekend of literature, heritage, entertainment, discussion and collective celebration on Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th Feb 2024.

Look North! The North Belfast Festival

A jam-packed programme not only showcases and celebrates North Belfast’s rich cultural heritage but the creativity and quality of work from local artists, authors, musicians, poets and young people, though they are not all limited to the area.  To this end our programme reflects a wide range of activities and interests with something for everyone.

The festival organisers are grateful to all our supporters, in particular to the principal festival sponsors, the National Lottery Community Fund, Belfast City Council Community Festivals Fund, Belfast Harbour, Belfast Charitable Society, Cathedral Quarter and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

If you enjoyed the Festival last year, we do hope you will come along and join us once again. Your continued support is much appreciated at this time.

Council's Regeneration Proposal

News Date: 29th January, 2024








Lancaster Area Regeneration Proposal

Belfast City Council Regeneration Team have a design team appointed who are looking to bring Lancaster Street proposals forward in conjunction with the works to LYS-LPS i.e. as one tender package and one contractor.  They would like to present regeneration proposal drawings to local stakeholders and local residents.

See below for the proposal document information provided by the Belfast City Council Regeneration Team.

Proposal Objectives

Objectives – Declutter and Personalise

Zone 1 – Pedestrian entrance to Lancaster Street from York Street, c100m2.

Zone 2 – Segregated space to Lancaster Street Car Park, c 85m2.

Zone 3 – High Level Security fencing, c40m.

Regeneration Zones

Ariel View Lancaster Area/ York Street.

Regeneraltion Zones

Ariel View Lancaster Area/ York Street.

Zone 1

Pedestrian entrance to Lancaster Street from York Street.

Primary Proposals - Zone 1

Zone 1 – Pedestrian entrance to Lancaster Street from York Street, c100m2. Create gateway entrance point to Lancaster Street, by:

Replacing existing brick paving with natural stone paving (as per Little Patrick / Little York Street Proposals).

Removal of brick planter.

Relocation of BT Pole.

Removal / amendments to low level curved wall (pending landowner agreement) to remove potential dwell space.

Removal of low level demarcation brick wall and demarcate land ownerships boundary via pavement detail.

Level adjustment / localised retaining solution to provide uniform levels.

Re-set of existing utility covers.

Mural opportunity for (grey) gable wall (pending community consultation).

Mural opportunity for brick wall (pending community consultation).

Traffic restriction solutions via bollards / art work (pending community consultation).

Zone 2

Segregated space to Lancaster Street Car Park.

Primary Proposals - Zone 2

Zone 2 – Segregated space to Lancaster Street Car Park, c 85m2. Removing segregation and maximise future public realm space by:

Removal of heras fencing demarcating public footpath (presumed DfI Roads ownership) and Belfast City Council owned land within carpark.

Re-establish demarcation in pavement make up (e.g., pin kerb).

Re-surface hard standing in asphalt / traditional pavement make-up (future proofing for the instance of future strategic road improvements).

Replace existing bollards with new bollards / art work (pending community consultation).

Mural opportunity for brick wall (pending community consultation).

Zone 3

High Level Security fencing.

Primary Proposals - Zone 3

Zone 3 – High Level Security fencing, c40m. Removing segregation and maximise future public realm space by:

Replace security fencing to top of brick wallin consultation with landowners / residents. Materiality TBC.

The proposal information shown has been provided by the Belfast City Council Regeneration Team.

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