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.
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.
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 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.
Petition for Belfast to host 2017 New Year's Eve party at Shaftesbury Square
It's been a while since we last had an official New Years Eve celebration held in Belfast. We do Halloween and Christmas so well, it makes sense. We propose... 'Party under the Big Screen at Shaftesbury Square 2017.' Fireworks, a ball similar to Times Square in New York. Musical performances and a fireworks display.
Petition Belfast City Council to remove bonfire material from new greenway.
The new Connswater Community Greenway is newly constructed and opened a short time ago at a cost of £40 million. It has come to light that tires, wooden pallets and other refuse material is being dumped there for use in the 11th night bonfire this July. Belfast City Council have the power to remove this material and considering the cost of the newly opened greenway and the health and environmental risks posed by the accumilation and eventual burning of this material, they have a legal if not moral duty to do so. Essentially this is fly tipping on a massive scale, punishable by a fine and possible court action. Belfast City Council need to enforce their authority and remove this material immediately. This petition is not political in nature and it is the opinion of the original poster that the council should allocate specific areas for bonfires; areas that do not ruin the aesthetics of our city or place communities and the environment in potential danger. The issue of bonfires within Northern Ireland is a hotly discussed debate and whilst those in favour of them will cite tradition as their mainstay argument; the environmental costs cannot be ignored. Nor can the opinion of those who view them as unsightly, dangerous and hostile. As a city that is supposed to be looking and moving forward; destroying our public spaces and exuding division and aggression through burning tons of hazardous material stands contrary to this aim.
Stop Wasting Our Time!
Belfast City Council is planning to change how waste is collected in Belfast. The new sort-it-yourself scheme will cost millions of pounds and has already failed in other areas. In Summer 2018 alone, two English councils adopted the wheelie bin system to IMPROVE recycling. Meanwhile, here in Belfast, we are once again taking a step in the wrong direction. We would ask the council to better educate people on the current system and invest in it. Self sorting is a waste of everyone's time.
A Multi Use Sports pitch For St James and surrounding areas
In different areas throughout belfast we have many things to tackle anti social behaviour, in st james we created a football team over 6 years ago starting with 7 players we now have 180 registered players with 10 teams from under 6s right up to seniors, both girls and boys, kids and adults with lots of support from people of the st james and surrounding areas. If we get this pitch not just St james but all areas around us will be able to come in and use the pitch for many different sports and activities and give the kids of our areas a better chance to change. With Damian Lindsay winning he BBC Sports unsung hero award its only right to give him and the people of our areas a home for sport.