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Hopes rise for restart on £32m Connswater Community Greenway

By Linda Stewart

Belfast City Council is to tender for new contractors to build the £32m Connswater Community Greenway in east Belfast after a year-long dispute.

The council is moving towards mutually terminating its contract with Connswater Joint Venture (CJV) following a recent conciliation process.

It is over a year since any work was carried out on the Greenway, a 9km walking and cycling route along the Connswater, Knock and Loop rivers and connecting green spaces in east Belfast.

It was due to be completed in 2013 but the council now believes work could be finished by the end of 2014 or early 2015, despite the long delay.

Construction stopped last year in a dispute over how the £21m contract was being delivered.

The project was drawn up by the East Belfast Partnership with funding from the Big Lottery Fund (£23.5m), Belfast City Council (£4.2m) and the Department for Social Development £3.2m).

It will deliver 16km of shared pedestrian and cycle paths, 30 new or improved bridges or crossings, riverside paths, cycle ways, boardwalks, lighting, CCTV, street furniture, extensive soft landscaping and river enhancement. It includes the major east Belfast flood alleviation scheme.

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