Official launch of Bangor Masterplan
Tuesday 5th July 2011
This week marked the official launch of the Bangor Masterplan by The Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland. This project, when seen through to its comple– tion, will eventually fill the hole in Queens Parades and reinvigourate the seafront.
This week marked the official launch of the Bangor Masterplan by The Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland. This project, when seen through to its completion, will eventually fill the hole in Queens Parades and reinvigourate the seafront. It is a complex development and my understanding is that the whole project will still take at least 4–5 years to complete.
Bangor has suffered the ignominious eyesore of ‘the gap’ in Queens Parade for many years and now, we currently have a real chance to transform, not only Queens Parade but the whole of the seafront into something we can be proud of. ‘The Plan’ is really a strategy to reorganise the town centre in terms of road layout and access whilst also rejuvenating the seafront and providing more car parking and shops. It will result in a new waterfront development along Queen’s Parade; a new civic plaza that will act as a town square and allow for 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.
We are only too aware of problems that local businesses have in attracting shoppers from the ‘out of town’ complexes and the heart of our town and local businesses have suffered accordingly. Not only will this £100 million investment transform our town centre but provide many new jobs in the construction phase and latterly in the shopping malls which will be created. This is very much to be welcomed. The next stage is the developer Karl Greenfarm raising the necessary massive capital investment and taking the application to the Planning Office. I call for all those concerned with the development, the Departments of Social Development, the Roads Service, Planning Office, the Developer and our own Council to work with joined up thinking to make this vision a reality