Alliance North Down MLA Andrew Muir has welcomed a commitment from the Minister for Infrastructure to consider options for a new urban greenway in Bangor.
Mr Muir wrote to the Minister for Infrastructure asking her department to formally consider three potential routes for a Greenway that would connect Bangor Town Centre and both the new Greenway due to run from Newtownards plus the new site for Bangor Integrated Primary School on the Balloo Road. The Minister confirmed that her department were working with Ards and North Down Council to consider a number of schemes in the area, and that once that work had been completed she would provide firm commitments on specific proposals.Mr Muir said “I have been lobbying to ensure a proper cycling route is established from Balloo Road area to Bangor Town Centre, particularly important to ensure staff, pupils and parents of Bangor Integrated Primary School have a safe and accessible route to walk or cycle from Bangor Town Centre to their new site on the Balloo Road. As part of that work, I’ve been engaging with local parents, teachers, and councillors to identify three potential routes that the proposed greenway could take”.
“It is welcome to hear that the Department for Infrastructure and officials at Ards and North Down Council are actively working together on this. I will continue to press the Minister to bring forward firm commitments as soon as possible, so that work can be completed prior to the opening of the new school site in 2024.”.
“The new urban greenway would also compliment the council’s plans to create a greenway between Newtownards and Conlig. The Greenway is due to terminate in the Green Road area of Conlig and would be real success if a direct dedicated route was provided into the town centre, opening up access to more Bangor residents and encouraging visitors to come visit our wonderful town”