Belfast Telegraph

Department takes over seafront plan

The Queen's Parade project in Bangor includes proposals for a hotel, convention centre, homes, offices and entertainment space
The Queen's Parade project in Bangor includes proposals for a hotel, convention centre, homes, offices and entertainment space
The good weather attracted many holidaymakers to the popular Co. Down resort of Bangor. Here John Austin (left) and Michael Coey, play onj the deach at Ballybolme. 30/3/1965
Bangor from Pickie Pool 19 March 1959
Bangor, 6 October 1959
"I've got a lovely bunch of carrots", Dora Povey, Bangor market, October 1974, To purchase this photograph as large format canvas or acrylic visit Belfast Telegraph page on
Bangor - 6 October 1959
Five-year-old Sarah Darrah from Jordanstown selects a flag while visiting Bangor Market with her mother. 23/7/1983
Steam Locomotives (Trains). The steam- hauled passenger train that chugged away from No.1 platform in Bangor last night marked the end of an era. It was the last train to travel along the Belfast Central line, linking the Belfast-Bangor track and the one to Portadown. The train was given a civic send-off from Bangor by Alderman Charles Milligan (THIRD FROM RIGHT) who waved the guard's flag. Driver of the train was Mr Eamonn O'Hara, of Finaghy Road North, Belfast.
Queens university students kidnapp light heavyweight boxer Gerry Hassett from a training session at Ballyholme Bangor. They are hoping his promoter B. J. Eastwood will hand over a cheque for the Rag funds. 9th March 1965.
Bangor - from ladies bathing place, date unknown
Among the many attractions for visitors to Bangor during the United Services Week is the landing craft Audemer, of the 72 Landiding Craft Tank Squadron, Royal Corps of Transport.
Milk strike at Bangor Dairies. Pickets on duty outside Bangor Dairies at Belast Road, Bangor, talk to the driver of a lorry returning empty milk bottles. 14/1/1975
Bangor - 6 October 1959
An eye for a bargain - this customer check out the goods at Bangor Market. 20/7/1983
Bangor - Royal Ulster Yacht Club, 1920
Bangor - 6 October 1959
Bangor - Princeton Road, date unknown
We've won the cup! Jubilant Bangor players surround their skipper David Morrow in the Upritchard Park dressing room following their Bass Boston Cup triumph over Instonians last night. Bangor, who host the tournament, have now won the trophy five times since the competition was inaugurated in 1974. Bangor are the current holders of the senior league title and are now lining up a possible Ulster "Grand Slam." 21/12/1983
Bangor - Pickie Pool, date unknown
Bangor Grammar- School Choir, 1994.
The boys of Bangor Grammar School have swept all before them this season. Four major trophy wins, in fact- in the Ulster Section of the Aer Lingus Schools' championship (in which they were third-best in the all-Ireland finals), and in the Ulster Schools' League and Froggart Shield championships, and Irish Schools' championship, 1978.
Bangor Grammar- golfers, 1974.
Mr. Jim Claney (right), outgoing, chairman of Bangor Grammar School Parents' Association, hands over an original painting of the school to Mr. Brian Thompson, chairman of the Board of Governors and launches the sale of limited edition prints for old boys and parents. Included (from left) are: Mr. Tom Patton, headmaster; Ms. Phyllis Arnold, the artist; and Mr. Michael Curry, chairman of the Parents' Association, 1985.
Bangor Grammar- 1994
Pupils, who refused to obey the short back and sides ruling on their way home from school, 1973.
Bangor Grammar- 1993
Bangor Grammar, 1993
The successful madrigal group from Bangor Grammar School are put through their paces by their director of music Ian Hunter, 1975.
Bangor Grammar- Haircuts, 1973
School's Cup final hockey team for New Blaris next Wednesday afternoon: Front row (from left)- James Foote, Lindsay Holmes, Deryck Rothwell (captain), Rory McCrystal and Robin Hudson. Back row - Philip Skelly, Mark Hamilton, Jonny McNaught, Chris Wilkinson, Paul Wylie, Micael McLellan and Robert Stone, 1988.
The jubiliant Bangor Grammar School rugby team pictured after beating Campbell College 6-3 in the Schools' Cup final at Ravenhill, 1969.
A group of sixth-formers will be helping to look after 100 handicapped children this summer- nearly 2,000 miles away in the steamy heat of Morocco. The boys from Bangor Grammar School have been invited by the Save The Children Fund to the northern tip of Africa, 1978.
The milk bottling plant at Bangor Dairies in full swing this morning producing milk for the Bangor and Ards areas. 14/1/1975

The Department for Social Development (DSD) has taken over plans to redevelop Bangor's seafront.

The Queen's Parade project has been in the pipeline for nearly 15 years. It includes proposals for a hotel, convention centre, homes, offices and entertainment space on a once-bustling terraced promenade left largely derelict - boarded up buildings and gaping holes replacing thriving businesses.

Developer Karl Greenfarm Properties Limited agreed to sell the land portfolio to the department for an undisclosed sum to allow for development of the area at the heart of the Co Down seaside resort.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said: "This will drive forward the development of Queen's Parade and in time it will help breathe life back into the town centre and restore Bangor's image as a destination town with tourist appeal. This is a prime opportunity site which when developed will improve the economic performance of the town centre."

An agreement between the developer and a government department was supposed to be signed earlier this year but the timetable slipped. The developer needed to buy a number of properties to press ahead with the project.

Residents in the area had complained that it had been left looking like a slum. Properties have been lying boarded up for years, with once flourishing businesses such as an ice cream parlour gone and a former hotel demolished, leaving a car park and car boot sale left in its place.

According to the minister, site assembly and the task of obtaining planning permission for the Queen's Parade scheme will now rest with the department. DSD will work in partnership with North Down Borough Council and will also be engaging directly with local residents, business owners and all those who have shown an interest in the development plans.

Mr McCausland said: "This is good news for Bangor. I have decided that my department will step in to take direct control of plans for the development of the Queen's Parade area of the town as outlined in the Bangor Town Centre Masterplan."

North Down mayor Wesley Irvine said the borough council was already working closely with the department to deliver projects. He said: "This additional investment will support the Bangor Masterplan and underlines the commitment to develop Bangor as a great place to live, work, visit and invest."

A spokesman for Karl Greenfarm Properties Limited said: "We have agreed to sell our land portfolio to the department to allow DSD to develop this area in line with the masterplan. We believe this is a positive step forward for Bangor and will ensure the implementation of the plans in as timely a manner as possible."



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