Belfast West

On 13 February 2017, Township published its Placemaking Manifesto for Northern Ireland. We emailed every candidate standing for the 2017 Assembly Elections, asking them to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a series of questions based on our 5 policy positions.

Below, you will find the responses from candidates standing in the Belfast West constituency.

Candidate

Party

Housing

Transport

Built Heritage

Participation

Liveability

Transparency

Alex Attwood SDLP

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No

Conor Campbell WP

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Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Gerry Carroll PBP

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Michael Collins PBP

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Sorcha Eastwood Alliance

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Yes

Orlaithi Flynn SF

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No

Alex Maskey SF

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No

Fra McCann SF

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No

Pat Sheehan SF

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No

Frank McCoubrey DUP

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No

Ellen Murray Greens

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Yes

Yes

Yes

Comments

Housing

For many reasons, I strongly believe in providing urban housing stock and protecting greenfield sites wherever possible. Belfast and many of our other towns and cities suffer from a lack of inner-urban housing options, which bring great benefit to many groups within society, particularly those who are disabled, on low incomes and those without private cars. I support shared developments as the norm, and design of new developments within towns and cities that promotes travel within and across communities, using open, accessible urban design & a lack of fenced-off neighbourhoods.

Transport

I support low-cost, ubiquitous public transport, and would love to see expansion of our suburban and inter-urban bus and rail networks and services, and similar rollout of Belfast Rapid Transit to North and South Belfast. The Green Party supports a spend of £25/person/year on cycling infrastructure across NI, and I fully support the reallocation of road space in towns and cities to favour cycle and pedestrian traffic. I support the pedestrianisation of commercial, cultural and historic centres of towns and cities, and the upgrade of pedestrian and cycle infrastructure where it exists to accessible, separated and safe standards. As a wheelchair user, I am very aware of many accessibility problems with existing pedestrian and cycle infrastructure, and would welcome regional standards being revised to favour more accessible street design. I support the restriction of private motor vehicles (with the exception of those needed for disabled people to access spaces) where appropriate in towns and cities.

Built Heritage

I will prioritise the introduction of improved heritage protection mechanisms as you have outlined. I would particularly welcome more readily available reuse of un- or under-used heritage buildings, especially where they are at risk of demolition or damage, either intentional or not.

Participation

I would fully support the reform of planning law as you have outlined, particularly where it relates to conflicts of interests on planning committees.

Liveability

I would fully support your liveability proposals, and am particularly behind the reform of land management regulations and mechanisms to allow local or regional authorities to disincentivise leaving land vacant, and allow vesting of land where appropriate to mitigate the negative effects of unused/vacant land or premises, especially when proposed new use provides public benefit.

Fred Rodgers UUP

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No