Councillor
Peter J. Martin
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Donaghadee - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Martin determined that seafront development be driven forward

Tuesday 12th April 2011

Bangor is a seaside town steeped in history and architectural heritage but sadly we have seen the ‘heart’ disappear out of Bangor and many shoppers moving out of town or indeed to Belfast. This has impacted many areas of Bangor but nowhere more so than the Seafront and Queen’s Parade.

Bangor is a seaside town steeped in history and architectural heritage but sadly we have seen the ‘heart’ disappear out of Bangor and many shoppers moving out of town or indeed to Belfast. This has impacted many areas of Bangor but nowhere more so than the Seafront and Queen’s Parade. 

Many people may not be aware however that the “Bangor Town Centre Masterplan”, which is available on the Department of Social Development website, is a road map to reinvigourate the town centre and rejuvenate the seafront. The new proposal is realistic, innovative and distinctive. It will result in a new waterfront development along Queen’s Parade; a new civic plaza that will act as a town square and major events space at the waterfront. There will be contemporary designed gardens with attractive routes connecting the promenade and Queen’s Parade and new restaurants, leisure activities, arts spaces and retailing to increase the vibrancy of the town. 

I’m sure I speak for many in the Borough when I say that the Queens Parade redevelopment should now be a Council priority. It is crucial that our Council, in this term of office, does everything in its power to see the eventual redevelopment of ‘the gap’ in Queens Parade which was recently voted Northern Ireland’s number one eye sore.

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