Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Concern over Windsor redevelopment

Windsor Park,Belfast,12/2/2007A general View of Windsor Park Belfast. Mandatory Credit INPHO/Press Eye/William Cherry

Residents living beside south Belfast's Windsor Park stadium have raised concerns about increased traffic and noise if the stadium is redeveloped.

This week the Irish Football Association (IFA) backed a plan to redevelop the current home of Northern Ireland football.

The move comes after the government axed proposals for a multi-sports venue for football, rugby and gaelic games at the site of the former paramilitary prison at the Maze outside Lisburn.

After the Maze was taken off the table, other possible venues for a new football stadium in east Belfast and in Ormeau Park in the city centre were suggested.

Residents living near Windsor said they have long suffered from commuter parking and traffic in the area and any moves to redevelop and increase the capacity of the stadium would only increase these problems.

Great Northern Street resident John Copeland said: “We already have problems with parking and this isn't going to help.

“For international matches when there are big crowds, we're going to be invaded by noise and traffic problems.”

In a statement, the IFA said its executive board had agreed in principle to support a revamp of the venue.

“The size of the stadium, together with the ownership structure of the stadium and negotiations around the existing contract with Linfield FC, were not discussed but the association will now begin work on these areas and other key elements of the redevelopment project,” it added.

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