Belfast City Council is mounting a series of meetings across the city this month to get residents’ feedback on shaping their neighbourhoods and the city.
The ‘My City, My Neighbourhood' meetings will look at topics such as what people like about their area, what would make their neighbourhoods better and what they consider the council’s priorities for their particular area and the overall city should be.
The meetings follow a public survey carried by the council last Autumn which attracted over 2,000 responses from ratepayers identifying the priorities for their neighbourhoods.
Among the top five things residents thought best about their area were; having good neighbours; being close to family and friends, having good public transport, access to parks and open spaces and good community spirit.
Among the priorities identified were making the city cleaner and greener, investing in improving local areas and providing value for money services.
The 17 meetings across the city will now expand on the findings of the survey and allow residents to come along and voice their views on the issues and priorities for their areas.
The feedback from the meetings will also be incorporated into Belfast City Council’s Corporate Plan which sets out the council’s vision and priorities for the city.
Councillor Ian Crozier, chairman of Belfast City Council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said: “As a council we are committed to improving the quality of life of everyone who lives, works and studies in Belfast, as well as those who visit and invest in the city.
“The My City, My Neighbourhood meetings will be an opportunity for people to tell us what they like about their local area, what would make it better and what they think the council’s priorities for their neighbourhood and the |city should be,” he said.
“The feedback we get from the meetings will then help us to get a clear sense of the things which are important and help us improve our services across all of the city’s neighbourhoods with a real focus on value for money,” added the councillor.
The My City, My Neighbourhood meetings will take place between March 8-24 in different venues across the city.
In the south of the city, the meetings will be held in Sandy Row Community Centre on Tuesday March 8 (7pm-9pm); Ballynafeigh Community Development Association Centre on Tuesday March 22 (2pm-4pm); Finaghy Community Centre on Wednesday March 23 (7pm-9pm) and Stranmillis College on Thursday March 24 (7pm-9pm).
In east Belfast, the venues will be at East Belfast Community Development Association offices on Thursday March 10 (10am-12pm); Orchardville Society offices on Tuesday March 22 (10am-12pm); Knocknagoney Community Centre on Wednesday March 23 (2pm-4pm) and Belmont Tower on Thursday March 24 (10am-12pm).
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