East Belfast Shortlisted for Lottery Millions

The Connswater Community Greenway is still in the running to receive a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Living Landmarks programme.  

The Connswater Community Greenway is a vast project connecting 379 acres of public open space, building 43 bridges and 19kms of cycle and walkways. It will provide immediate benefits to an estimated 40,835 people living adjacent to the greenway, improving the living environment and providing opportunities for leisure, exercise, recreation and supporting healthier lifestyles. 

The East Belfast Partnership will present the Connswater Community Greenway project to the Living Landmarks Committee in November in their final bid to secure a £23m grant to develop a 9km linear park through East Belfast, following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop rivers, connecting people and places from Castlereagh Hills to Belfast Lough.

The Connswater Community Greenway will create a safe, welcoming and open public space for residents and visitors to East Belfast. Due to decades of underinvestment in the area the open spaces alongside the rivers are underused, inaccessible, unsafe and unconnected to the communities.

The Project Team is now preparing for their final presentation in London to the Living Landmarks Committee in November. Successful projects will be announced in mid-November 2007.

Rt Hon Peter Robinson MP MLA, said “We need to secure this Lottery funding for the Connswater Community Greenway which will regenerate and revitalise the area and improve the quality of life for local people.”

Sammy Douglas Project Champion said “We are absolutely delighted that the Lottery has shortlisted the project. The Connswater Community Greenway will turn the rivers and open spaces into community assets and provide a living landmark for our children.”

Margaret Ritchie MLA, Minister for Social Development said: “The Connswater Community Greenway is a key regeneration project for Belfast that will create a vibrant place where people can enjoy the benefits of country life in the city.  I am proud that my Department has been able to support the project and I hope that all of our efforts achieve the goal of making the Connswater Greenway a reality for us and future generations.”