Belfast City Council
Belfast City Council
Restore The Floral Hall at Belfast Zoo
We the undersigned are calling on Belfast City Council to Save the Floral Hall at Belfast Zoo from any further damage from the weather and to take urgent steps to make the building waterproof. We urge Belfast City Council to take forward plans to remove the asbestos from this famous Belfast landmark and to take steps to implement plans leading to the restoration and reuse of this beautiful Art Deco Building. We are appealing for Belfast City Council to seek out all available funding sources and to restore this magnificent Art Deco building for future generations to enjoy. The Ballroom of Romance as it is affectionately known, is loved by many people across all divides in Northern Ireland and beyond. It stands just inside the entrance of Belfast Zoo a sad relic of the troubles that sounded its demise. The Floral Hall was born before an age of political divides and we urge ALL Belfast City Councillor’s to have this conversation with your voters and ask if you have their support to take this restoration plan forward. We want this building to be restored to celebrate and retain it's Art Deco design and for it to be made into a functional, multi-purpose and enjoyable space so as not to cause any burden to the rate payer. We the people want this building to be enjoyed for dances, as a wedding venue, tearooms, restaurant, function rooms and an educational centre for Zoo visitors. The Floral Hall has been left to rot for far too long and we the undersigned are calling for Belfast City Council to take up its responsibilities and preserve this building before it is too late. The lovely Floral Hall, situated within the grounds of Belfast Zoo overlooking Cavehill has been closed to the public since 2nd April 1972 and now stands neglected and empty. In it's heyday it once was a beautiful 1930's 'art-deco' ballroom which held popular dances with our famous showbands. Pink Floyd, Roy Orbison and The Small Faces played here, it was also popular for roller skating in the 1960's - 1970's. It was built by J & R. W. Taggart Building Contractors and opened on 4th May 1936 and was surrounded by the beautiful Bellevue Gardens. The Floral Hall Campaign Group
Belfast City Council: Please erect signage at Cavehill for people who may be in distress.
Northern Ireland has the highest rate of suicide in the UK. Considering that mental health services have been cut considerably, it seems that to the majority of people in Northern Ireland strongly feel that we are a crisis point. Following the loss of a friend in July 2017, and the recent loss of Michael Cullen a prominent figure in the beatboxing community in Ireland and the UK, I have recently appealed to previous Lord Mayors to ask City Council to erect signage at points around Belfast where people may find them in distress; Cavehill being the most prominent area that has featured recently in the news. Ideally, I feel it should also be erected at train stations, forest parks and bridges. Nichola Mallon has recently referenced this in a media post; but if we can support this as a community, maybe we can bring some hope through the darkness of loss.
Save Belfast Zoo!
#Saveourzoo Belfast Zoo is and always will be at the heart of North Belfast. The 55 acre site is home to more than 120 species, the majority of which are facing increasing danger in their natural habitats. The zoo carries out vital conservation work, both in Northern Ireland and around the world. Money needs put in to it to improve enclosures, the old part and the floral hall. This is the only zoo in the North of Ireland. We do not want a part of all our childhoods and our childrens taken away and closed forever! The zoo with proper investment will bring more tourism and jobs. Save our zoo!!!
Remove Cllr Jolene Bunting
Cllr Jolene Bunting for years has been posting sectierian comments on Facebook and nothing has been done about it. She is not representing the Protestant community. She is representing the people who don't want to see our country change. Here are just a few examples of why she shouldn't be working for our people.
STOP CENSORSHIP IN BELFAST CITY!
Belfast City Council has decided to control what is acceptable speech in the public square. It will force protestors, buskers, carol singers, preachers and anyone else using amplification systems in the wider city centre to apply for a permit or be burdened with a £500 fine by the PSNI or council officers. Even people using stalls with literature will be policed by these draconian measures. This proposal to redraft the bylaws passed the Strategic Policy and Resource Committee. It was agreed at committee and is expected to pass at full Council. What is acceptable speech and expression should not be determined by bureaucrats and politicians. This is in defiance of the tradition of liberty within Northern Ireland and Articles 5, 9 & 10 in the European Convention of Human Rights. We the undersigned oppose all measures for a Council sanctioned permit for speech, singing, protest or any other form of expression. We the undersigned remind the Council that it is a public service and should serve rather than dictate to the public. It has no right to censor freedom of expression in the public square. We the undersigned call on Belfast City Council to drop this proposal to censor expression and speech. (See below link for more information) https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/politics/council/psni-to-enforce-preacher-permits-under-proposed-council-bye-laws-after-complaints-about-preaching-on-lgbt-issues-3430239
Save this local cafe
Monika, is the owner of Smokey Deli, a lovely quirky, cafe in East Belfast. She has spent 2 years of applications & requests to Belfast City Council to change its use of business from a florist to a deli/cafe. Unfortunately the council have continually refused, with the most recent appeal being turned down within ONE Hour of it being submitted! They are threatening to close Monika's business down at the end of next week. There is no other cafe in the vicinity of this neighbourhood, it has fantastic outdoor space, both in front and at the rear of the building, great food & an area for kids to play. There is a small team of staff and at a time like this surely the council should be supporting businesses who are doing their best to support the local community, and provide for their families. PLEASE HELP SAVE THIS WONDERFUL LOCAL BUSINESS & SHARE THIS PETION NOW before they force it to close. Make the council listen - we need More places like this in our communities, not less!!!
Belfast loves its new pedestrian core and play streets - DON'T hand it all back to traffic
The Bank Buildings fire ripped the heart out of Belfast in 2018. Livelihoods were put at risk as footfall dropped due to the safety cordon which closed Castle Place. The situation was bleak. Then the city pulled together. Pedestrian access was restored. Buses were rerouted. City life slowly recovered. Businesses reopened. The newly pedestrianised core encouraged shopper dwell, with the Belfast Telegraph reporting "pre-Christmas footfall around city shops up by almost 20%" on the previous year. In a magic move, Belfast City Council coordinated the establishment of temporary play parks, pedestrian seating, artificial grass and planters - in short, making the city fun, more attractive as a destination, and wonderfully family-friendly. All the while there was no traffic noise, fumes or danger. And the city still works around the core - buses still move, cars still park, deliveries get made. Now Belfast City Council has announced the end to the temporary parks and signalled that the pedestrianised streets will be reopened to traffic, wiping this all away. This is wrong, unnecessary and wasteful. Belfast has had a working example of the kind of liveable, traffic-free city core that many other cities around the world are actively creating - and we're about to return to clogging the city up with vehicles, ploughing hundreds of buses through shopping and leisure streets that are now thriving without them. Halt this rush to hand back our streets to vehicles. Evaluate how Metro services are coping with the diversions. Make these streets permanently traffic-free, while ensuring reasonable access for loading and servicing vehicles at strictly limited times, and prioritising the provision of disabled parking bays on the approaches. We're lucky to have seen and experienced how amazing our city centre could be - now let's make it permanent! #KeepBelfastFun
Build the Sydenham Greenway in Belfast
Between the Connswater Greenway at the Victoria Park underpass and the start of the North Down Coastal Path at Kinnegar there is a 4km gap with no traffic-free route. It's time to change that and open up new active travel options in this part of Belfast with the Sydenham Greenway. This proposal would link Belfast's excellent greenway network with a pathway to Holywood and on to Bangor, but the connections within the new 4km greenway which are just as exciting. Hundreds of workers at George Best Belfast City Airport, IKEA, Holywood Exchange and the north end of the Harbour Estate would be able to viably switch from car to bicycle for commuting. Big retailers like IKEA could begin to provide cargobike hire and delivery services across Belfast, as happens in other cities in Europe. Right now the Holywood Exchange site is almost exclusively served by motor vehicles. The Department for Infrastructure are planning a 500+ space park and ride facility right beside the proposed route of this greenway. Backing and building this greenway would enable "park and cycle" journeys to and from Belfast, especially if a linked expansion of the Belfast Bikes system stretched as far as Tillysburn and the City Airport. This idea requires public support to show the key stakeholders - Belfast City Council, the Department for Infrastructure, Belfast Harbour, Ards and North Down Borough Council, Translink and George Best Belfast City Airport - how a greenway would revolutionise travel options for commuting, leisure, shopping and onward travel via the airport. Read more about the proposal, see maps and images and find an in-depth article on the Northern Ireland Greenways website.
Save Wilmont House before it falls into complete ruin.
I want to appeal to Belfast City Council to take action to save a listed building (Wilmont House) which was gifted to them many years ago by its owner. The building is situated in Sir Thomas and Last Dixon park in South Belfast. It was used as a nursing home for several years but is no longer in use. The council have allowed Wilmont House to lye derelict for over a decade and fall into disrepair. I contacted the council at the start of last year to ascertain what the plans are with the house but got no response. I reached out to my local MLA for their involvement and with their input got an assurance from the council that they would put forward an expression of interest by October 2021 however this wasn't done and even with the MLA involved, the council are citing covid as a reason for their inactivity on the matter and state that covid will continue to hinder progress. It is heart breaking to see a beautiful building which was handed over in good faith to the Belfast City council for the benefit of the local community simply lye derelict and be allowed to rot. Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon park is a great asset to Belfast which my family and I thoroughly enjoy. The house deserves a more appreciative guardian who can restore it to the standard it deserves and put it back to use.
Save Our Sports Road Events in Northern Ireland
#KEEPOURSPORTEVENTS Please sign and support this petition to help save our sports events on Northern Irelands roads. We ask all runners, walkers, cyclist and triathletes that we have a voice that needs heard to all our politicians .We need action as many of our events will be lost due to the new legislation. Please also share on facebook ........ Dozens of amateur sports events have been cancelled due to new legislation . This will have a massive effect on amateur running , cycling and triathlon events throughout Northern Ireland. We will see a massive impact on our sports that help the well being of many. The sporting communities have thousands of sports men and women taking part in the many events taking place all over Northern Ireland each week who take part or volunteer. Our sports of running, cycling ,triathlon and walking make a large impact financially to the places that we visit with accommodation, restaurants, cafes ,bars etc and also looking after businesses that do chip timing ,medals and items needed for thousands of events each year. Our sporting communities are one of the largest fundraisers in Northern Ireland with many of the events supporting the many charities that count on the money raised each year , many events will be lost as an effect of the new legislation ,we ask all MLA's to please look at a proposal to amend or revoke the legislation as it would require the approval of a minister of the NI Executive. We need you back to the NI Executive to help our sports ,our charities and our businesses. Until then we ask all councils / councilors in Northern Ireland to look at ways to help our many sporting events before they are lost for good. We hope you support and join our campaign! Find us on Facebook for more information.