Councillors discuss the future shape of Bangor
Representatives of the Department of Social Development were due to brief North Down councillors on progress on the Queen's Parade development at Bangor Castle last night (Tuesday, September 10).
The meeting of the Corporate and Development Services Committee was to include a 15 minute presentation on the core element of the town masterplan.
A source told the Community Telegraph that no major announcements were to be expected.
With the public consultation on another DSD project, the Public Realm works for Bangor and Holywood drawing to a close this Friday, September 13, the committee was also due to discuss whether or not Hamilton Road should be restored to two way traffic. The DSD is contributing £3m towards the £8m cost of the Public Realm scheme which aims to reinvigorate Bangor town centre. North Down Borough Council is to fund the £5m bulk of the expenditure.
The scheme will cover Main Street, High Street, Abbey Street, Quay Street and Hamilton Road and include widening the footpaths and using new granite paving and kerbing; improved street lighting to create a dramatic impression and promote Bangor's connection to the waterfront; feature lighting at places of interest; gateway features at entrances to the town; road junction improvements and new street furniture.
While the councillors were meeting, the lobby group For A Better Bangor was also discussing the Public Realm works in the Red Berry coffee shop.
Spokeswoman Louise Macartney urged people to make the most of the time left to have their say.
Residents can still view a visual display of the proposed works at the Flagship Centre, Bangor Town Hall, Bangor Aurora Complex and North Down Borough Council website www.northdown.gov.uk.!