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Community consultation develops peaceline park

by Natalie Irvine

An intensive round of community consultation is planned for residents living near Alexandra Park, in the hope that the park will soon begin its journey towards symbolising shared space.

Last week, Groundwork NI announced that it will be facilitating a number of public consultation events from Monday, September 20, to Wednesday, September 22, to provide local residents and stakeholders with the opportunity to have a direct input into the proposed plans for physical improvements at the north Belfast park.

Mel Waddell, Senior Project Development Officer with Groundwork NI, said: “The consultation events will give local residents the opportunity to comment on the design proposals developed for the Park, or even become involved with the steering group.”

Groundwork NI has been working over the past two years with a steering group representative of local residents and community groups from both communities surrounding Alexandra Park.

The steering group has been working alongside Groundwork NI, Belfast City Council, and the PSNI in relation to developing regeneration proposals for Alexandra Park. This initiative has been driven by the Reconciling Communities Through Regeneration (RCTR) programme, which is a three-year strategic regional programme, managed by Groundwork NI, which is working in ten selected communities in areas of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The programme is designed to enhance the quality of life for people |living in these communities through actions aimed at improving tolerance.

The Groundwork NI consultation events will be held at the following venues and times in North Belfast:

Camberwell Court, Limestone Road – Monday September 20 between 2pm and 4pm

Holy Family Youth Club, Limestone Road — Monday September 20 between 6.30pm and 8.30 pm

Grove Bowling Pavilion — Tuesday September 21 between 3pm 5pm and 6pm and 8pm.

Currie Primary School — Tuesday September 21 between 1pm and 2.30pm.

Mountcollyer Youth Club — Wednesday 22nd September between 6pm and 8pm.

Participating communities have the opportunity to avail of a range of training and networking |opportunities aimed at raising |awareness of sectarian and racist |issues.

For further information on the Alexandra Park consultation events, please contact Mel Waddell at Groundwork NI on 028 9074 9494 or melvynwaddell@groundworkni.co.uk

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