September – November 2012 Members of Belfast City Council Balmoral Electoral Area

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City Matters
Belfast City Council residents’ magazine

September – November 2012
Members of Belfast City Council
Balmoral Electoral Area

Blackstaff, Finaghy, Malone, Musgrave, Upper Malone, Windsor

Alderman Tom Ekin ALL 028 9020 1714

Councillor Claire Hanna SDLP 07729 208258

Councillor Bernie Kelly SDLP 07710 931323

Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir SF 028 9024 3194

Alderman Ruth Patterson DUP 07810 120553

Alderman Bob Stoker UUP 07876 358893

Castle Electoral Area

Bellevue, Castleview, Cavehill, Chichester Park, Duncairn, Fortwilliam

Alderman David Browne UUP 028 9077 1757

Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell SF 028 9074 0817

Councillor Patrick Convery SDLP 028 9028 9380

Councillor Tierna Cunningham SF 028 9074 0817

Councillor Lydia Patterson DUP 028 9071 7072

Councillor Guy Spence DUP 075 9030 9354

Court Electoral Area

Crumlin, Glencairn, Highfield, Shankill, Woodvale

Alderman William Humphrey DUP 028 9074 4008

Councillor Brian Kingston DUP 028 9077 4774

Alderman Frank McCoubrey IND 028 9032 0202

Alderman Hugh Smyth PUP 028 9032 6233

Councillor Naomi Thompson DUP 028 9074 4008
Laganbank Electoral Area

Ballynafeigh, Botanic, Rosetta, Shaftesbury, Stranmillis

Councillor Catherine Curran ALL 028 9033 0811

Councillor Deirdre Hargey SF 028 9024 3194

Councillor Pat McCarthy SDLP 07711 644275

Councillor Kate Mullan SDLP 07852 150167

Alderman Christopher Stalford DUP 07791 317310
Lower Falls Electoral Area

Beechmount, Clonard, Falls, Upper Springfield, Whiterock

Councillor Janice Austin SF 028 9062 6670

Councillor Steven Corr SF 028 9062 6670

Councillor Tom Hartley SF 028 9050 8989

Councillor Colin Keenan SDLP 028 9080 7808

Councillor Jim McVeigh SF 028 9050 8989

Oldpark Electoral Area

Ardoyne, Ballysillan, Cliftonville, Legoniel, New Lodge, Waterworks

Councillor Danny Lavery SF 028 9074 0817

Councillor Nichola Mallon SDLP 028 9032 0202

Councillor Conor Maskey SF 028 9074 0817

Councillor Gerard McCabe SF 028 9074 0817

Councillor Gareth McKee DUP 07917 353474

Councillor Lee Reynolds DUP 07879 065457

Pottinger Electoral Area

Ballymacarrett, Bloomfield, Orangefield, Ravenhill, The Mount, Woodstock

Alderman May Campbell DUP 028 9087 8587

Councillor Máire Hendron ALL 028 9065 0052

Councillor Dr John Kyle PUP 07515 409757

Councillor Adam Newton DUP 028 9045 9500

Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile SF 028 9024 3194

Councillor Gavin Robinson DUP 028 9032 0202

Upper Falls Electoral Area

Andersonstown, Falls Park, Glencolin, Glen Road, Ladybrook

Councillor Tim Attwood SDLP 028 9080 7808

Councillor Matt Garrett SF 028 9080 8404

Councillor Emma Groves SF 028 9080 8404

Councillor Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín SF 028 9080 8404

Councillor Gerard O’Neill SF 028 9080 8404
Victoria Electoral Area

Ballyhackamore, Belmont, Cherryvalley, Island, Knock, Stormont, Sydenham

Councillor Tom Haire DUP 028 9032 0202

Councillor John Hussey DUP 07889 838047

Councillor Mervyn Jones ALL 028 9047 3420

Councillor Laura McNamee ALL 028 9032 0202

Alderman Robin Newton DUP 028 9045 9500

Alderman Jim Rodgers UUP 07801 882478

Councillor Andrew Webb ALL 07976 018801
ALL – Alliance

DUP – Democratic Unionist Party

IND – Independent

PUP – Progressive Unionist Party

SDLP – Social, Democratic and Labour Party

SF – Sinn Féin

UUP – Ulster Unionist Party

In this edition
In this edition, we pay tribute local boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan who brought bronze medals back from the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Read our congratulatory message and to read more about the fantastic legacy of the Olympics.
We also celebrate the life of Olympic athlete, Dame Mary Peters in the 40th anniversary year of her historic gold medal win. Dame Mary is now a patron for next year’s World Police and Fire Games and you can find out how to get involved in volunteering at this momentous event.
This issue is packed full of information about more exciting events in 2012. Find out about our tantalising Belfast Restaurant Week and celebrated Belfast Music Week and we’ve included a schedule of events from now until November.
The Belfast Business Awards are also taking place in November. You can read all about the different categories and how you can get involved in the voting process!
Learn what happens to plastic bottles when you recycle them in our green section and get the latest news on our recycling centre refurbishments.
With the kids going back to school this month, we offer tips on packing a healthy lunch. There’s also information about free recycling and anti-litter workshops for schools.
And don’t miss your chance to win a luxury Clarins hamper for yourself or a special lady in your life. There’s also a fantastic free makeover offer courtesy of McKay Pharmacy!
Have any comments or queries about City Matters?

Call us on 9032 0202 ext 6280 or email





Updating our cremators
This month sees the start of a programme to replace the cremators at the City of Belfast Crematorium.
The current cremators are over 10 years old and are nearing the end of their useful life span.
This £1.5 million investment means that our cremators will be the best modern equipment on the market.
We will also be installing special filters to remove mercury from crematorium emissions.
This will enable us to comply with environmental legislation which states that all UK crematoria must reduce emissions of mercury to the atmosphere by 50%.

Mercury can be found in most people’s fillings and when the body is cremated this mercury can cause harm to the atmosphere. We’ll be fitting all three of our new cremators with special filter equipment so that all of the mercury is removed.

We have decided to run both installation programmes together to reduce any disruption on the day-to-day running of the City of Belfast Crematorium. We plan to keep shut-down time to a minimum and give funeral directors plenty of notice about closure dates. And any noisy construction work will occur outside the cremation service times.
If you have any concerns or want to discuss this installation programme please contact Sharon McCloy, Cemeteries and Crematorium Manager on 9044 9398.

St George’s is the Real Deal!
We’re continually working to make sure that the items sold at St George’s Market are genuine and of high quality.
And now we’ve made our commitment to preventing the sale of counterfeit and illegal goods official by becoming the first market in Northern Ireland to sign up to a new charter, known as ‘Real Deal’.
The Real Deal Charter is a Department of Justice initiative. It brings brand owners and copyright holders together with local authorities, Trading Standards, police and market traders to help create a ‘fake-free’ market.
By signing the charter, we’ve committed to:

• continuing to work closely with Trading Standards;

• protecting shoppers and legitimate traders from illegal goods;

• remaining aware of who is trading at the markets; and

• communicating St George’s commitment to fair trading.
So the next time you visit St George’s Friday, Saturday or Sunday markets you can be sure that all of your purchases are the ‘real deal’!
Friday’s variety market runs from 6am to 2pm, selling a variety of products including fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, antiques, books and clothes.
Saturday’s city food and craft market runs from 9am to 3pm, offering a huge range of local, continental and specialty foods including meat and fish, cheese, coffee beans, tapas and vegetarian products. There’s also a wide selection of crafts including art, glassware and jewellery.
Sunday’s market runs from 10am to 4pm and is a mixture of the traditional Friday variety market and Saturday’s city food, garden and craft market. It also has a special emphasis on local arts and crafts.
For more information call 9043 5704 or go to

Avoniel pool
The swimming pool at Avoniel Leisure Centre is currently closed for repair work. At time of going to press, a reopening date had not been confirmed.
We will try to minimise disruption for centre users and you can use any of our other seven leisure centre pools.
If you are a Boost member, you have unlimited use of all our swimming pools as well as our fitness suites and council-run fitness classes.
For more information call 9072 6326 or to find your nearest alternative swimming pool visit

Belfast Restaurant Week
Get your taste buds salivating and take your place at the table for Belfast Restaurant Week!
Running from 6 to 13 October, Belfast Restaurant Week celebrates the wealth and diversity of local produce and our many talented, award-winning chefs.
During the week, a number of Belfast eateries will offer up special signature menus. There will also be special foodie nights, tasting sessions and ‘meet the producer’ evenings.
And don’t miss the ‘Battle of the Chefs’ competition at St George’s market on Saturday 6 October. Chefs will battle it out to search for the best family inspired, locally sourced dish.
Belfast is a great culinary hotspot with a wide range of eating out options, from high end dining and award-winning takeaways, to homely cafés and fashionable bistros. Many of these use fresh, local produce and support local suppliers.
The city is also home to a number of food heroes, and extremely talented chefs who are true ambassadors for our excellent food.
Belfast Restaurant Week is organised by Belfast City Council and supported by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
To find out more about Belfast Restaurant Week call 9024 6609 or go to

Belfast Music Week

4-11 November 2012
Don’t miss this year’s Belfast Music Week which takes place 4 to 11 November.
Inspired by last year’s award-winning event, foundations are firmly laid for another week-long celebration of everything this unique city has to offer the world of music. Events include:

• gigs and concerts in venues across Belfast,

• celebrations of our musical greats, and

• industry workshops and sessions.

Check out or download the free Belfast Music iPhone App for full programme details. For more information call our Tourism, Culture and Arts Development Unit on 9091 8734.

Only in Belfast
Belfast boasts a wealth of cultural heritage and talent, and hosts an impressive line-up of festivals and tours throughout the year. We catch up with those involved in some of the city’s unique culture and arts events and attractions.

East Belfast Arts Festival

5-9 September

Brian Houston, singer songwriter
As well as an impressive line-up of well-known acts like headliner Van Morrison, this five-day festival promotes home-grown artistic talent from east Belfast, covering all aspects of the arts including music, comedy, visual arts, theatre, literature and magic.”
Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens

19 October-4 November

Shan McAnena, Festival Director
The 50th Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s promises to be an amazing display of music, drama, theatre, talks, film, dance and comedy. A suitably wonderful collection of new experiences await our loyal festival-goers and a programme chock-full of both familiar and one-off unique events will entice people who have never been to a festival before.”
Culture Night Belfast

21 September

Adam Turkington, Programme Manager
This unique evening of accessible, free, local arts and culture always generates a real street party feel. It attracts families and young people who might normally think the arts are stuffy, and exclusive. This year’s event coincides with World Peace Day, so Culture Night 2012 will have a ‘Love Belfast’ theme.”

Late Night Art

First Thursday of each month

Susan McKeever, Artist
Late Night Art is a refreshingly way for locals and visitors to experience the best of the city’s vibrant cultural scene. The tours are a great way for people to enjoy what Belfast’s galleries have to offer, whilst hearing from some of the artists about what inspires them.”
For more information on events in Belfast throughout 2012, contact the Belfast Welcome Centre, 47 Donegall Place on 028 9024 6609 or visit

Opportunity Europe and beyond!
Plans are progressing well for the annual Opportunity Europe event, which takes place in St George’s Market on 16 and 17 October.
The two-day event is open to everyone but is mainly targeted at young people between the ages of 11 and 18. It promotes the many opportunities for volunteering, working and studying across Europe as well as general travelling.
Almost 50 workshops are scheduled and the vast majority are interactive. Activities include:

• music,

• drama,

• language tasters,

• film making,

• quizzes, and

• helping to make the Chinese dragon dance!
There are also workshops on how to have some fun, learn new skills and meet new people while volunteering in the community.
And this year, the Ocean Youth Trust’s boat will be on site so that you can find out what volunteering opportunities are available on the high seas.
The event usually attracts 60 schools and over 3,000 attendees and feedback is overwhelmingly positive. It is the only event of its kind and has picked up a number of awards for its fun method of connecting young people to Europe.
For more information call 9027 0224 or go to

Join the youth forum
Young People make up a third of the population in Belfast, making our city one of the youngest in Europe!
That’s why we set up a Youth Forum to give young people a voice. It allows young people to have their say on things which affect them and their friends and gives them a chance to get involved in decision-making within the council.
The 36 members of the forum have been involved with the development of major council initiatives like:

• Bridges Urban Sports Park,

• the RISE sculpture,

• Titanic 100th anniversary,

• Cow Parade NI 2012, and

• Politics in Action roadshows.

The forum, which is made up from representatives from all over Belfast, serves for two years. The current term is coming to an end and we need new members for 2012–2014.
So if you can spare two evenings a month, would like to meet new people and want to make a difference in your community, please apply. You must be aged between 13 and 18 years and live in the Belfast area. To download the nomination form please go to
The deadline for applications is Friday 19 October 2012.
For more information call 9050 0521 or email
Have your say Belfast
Belfast Strategic Partnership is working to develop a plan on how to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of all those in Belfast and it is seeking your views on how to do this.
We are members of Belfast Strategic Partnership along with The Public Health Agency and The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Community, voluntary and other organisations are also involved.
We would encourage you to complete the emotional health and wellbeing survey that was posted out to many Belfast residents last month.
The deadline for survey completion has been extended to give you more time to fill it in. You can fill in your hard copy or give your views through an online survey at up until 21 September.
The partnership wants to hear from all members of the community, from those who have experienced mental health or emotional wellbeing issues themselves or through loved ones, to those with no personal experience in this area. It needs everyone’s views to assess the full picture of emotional health in the city.
After the survey is complete you’ll be able to see more on the findings and the progress of the plan on or by calling 9027 9388.
Celebrating life
As part of our work on emotional health and wellbeing in Belfast, our previous Lord Mayor hosted a ‘Celebrating Life’ conference in the City Hall in April.
The event was very well attended and recognised the many groups working in the community to support local people and improve mental health and wellbeing.
It was also the launch of an annual award for young people who make a difference as well as a comprehensive training programme for councillors and council staff on positive mental health and suicide awareness.
The discussion and debate from the conference was captured in a report which will be used to help develop an emotional wellbeing plan for the city.
You can now get a copy of the report at or or by contacting Gillian McEvoy on 9027 0428.

Cows mooove in
CowParade, a herd of 17 brightly coloured fibreglass cows, has moved onto the streets of Belfast as part of the world’s largest public art exhibition.
Local community groups, school children and artists have been involved in decorating the cows. They each display distinct designs reflecting Belfast in 2012, including:

• Titanic,

• the Diamond Jubilee,

• cross-community themes,

• rural scenes, and

• culture, music, food, art and literature.

The cows will be on location throughout the city until the end of October when they will be auctioned off and go to their permanent homes. Proceeds from the auction will be shared among our event charities, Barnardo’s and St Vincent de Paul.
Find out more about each cow design and location at or call our Tourism, Culture and Arts Development Unit on 9091 8734.

RISE education pack
One year on from the unveiling of ‘RISE’, Northern Ireland’s tallest piece of public art, we’ve produced a RISE resource pack for teachers.
The pack is full of fun facts as well as activities inspired by the sculpture. For example, students will be encouraged to:

• make their very own RISE;

• write an article on what people think of RISE; and

• discuss life in 2025 when the time capsule buried underneath it is dug up.

Primarily designed for Key Stage 2 pupils, the pack may also be of interest to older children.
Our RISE education pack is available at where you’ll also find information on the construction and launch of this unique piece of art. For more information call 9027 0426.

Belfast Business Awards shortlist
The excitement is building for the Belfast Business Awards 2012 with shortlisted businesses being announced on Monday 1 October 2012.
The overall winners in all 11 categories will be announced at a special Gala Dinner in Belfast City Hall on Thursday 8 November 2012.

This year there are highly coveted awards available in categories including:

• Best New Business;

• Best Business Expansion;

• Best Business Innovation; and

• Best International Trade.

Key sectors are also recognised through the Best Social Economy Business, Best Green Business, Best Creative Business and Customer Excellence in Retail awards.
Go to the website at from Monday 1 October to check if your business is through to the final.
To book tickets for the Gala Dinner or for further information please contact 9024 2111 or go to

Choose your favourite

This year we want you to help us to choose the winners in three of our categories:

• Best Hospitality Business

• Young Business Person of the Year

• Business Person of the Year.

Cast your vote for the shortlisted businesses in each of these categories from 1 to 19 October. Find out more about each of them and vote online at the Belfast Business Awards website.

Free rowing classes for all!
We are working with Queen’s University and Belfast Education and Library Board to provide indoor rowing classes in community centres and schools across Belfast.
The project, funded by the Steve Redgrave Fund, hopes to encourage physical activity, particularly among young people. It aims to improve self esteem, team building, and fitness as well as offering a chance to try a new sport.
Coaches from Active Communities (a Sport NI and council healthy lifestyle programme) and our community coaches are leading the programme of activities.
Four community centres are taking part in the scheme:

  • Suffolk Community Centre,

  • Dee Street Community Centre,

  • Grosvenor Recreation Centre, and

  • Shaftsbury Recreation Centre.

There are also after school classes for pupils and evening classes open to the public at the following schools:

  • Boys Model,

  • Girls Model,

  • Ashfield, and

  • La Salle.

For more information on rowing classes call 9032 0202 ext 3554 or go to

Active Belfast grants
Active Belfast aims to promote healthy living and increase physical activity.
Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP) leads Active Belfast and we are one of the main BSP partners along with the Public Health Agency and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
Over 50 organisations responded when Active Belfast launched a grant scheme to increase the number of people being active through play and travel. It awarded grants of between £1,500 and £25,000 to 16 organisations.
Here are some examples of how this money is being used:

• Early Years will deliver programmes and training to SureStart areas across east and north Belfast, including ‘education through movement’ and ‘start to play top tots training’.

• Sustrans will provide support to eight primary schools through the ‘Bike It’ programme. They will encourage children and teachers to walk or cycle to school through a series of fun days, skill sessions and national standards cycle training.

• Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group will provide walking and dance programmes for the over 50s in south Belfast.

• Youth Action NI will provide the ‘waisted not wasted’ programme for young people in north and west Belfast.

• Autism Initiatives NI will run a ‘surf programme’ to provide surf instruction to teenagers with autism.

For more details on the programmes supported by Active Belfast please call the Active Belfast team on 9050 2073 or email
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