11/03/2020

Other News In Brief

Man Airlifted To Hospital After Co Antrim Crash

A man has been airlifted to hospital following an incident in Ballymena.

It's understood a collision took place in the Market Road area of the town shortly after 9.30am this morning, Wednesday 11 March.

A recycling lorry and an individual are believed to have been involved.

Emergency services, including the NI Air Ambulance, attended the scene.

The casualty was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Biffy Clyro To Bring 2020 Tour To Belfast

Biffy Clyro will return to Belfast on their 2020 arena tour.

The Scottish rock band will play the SSE Arena on Tuesday 06 October as they perform across the UK and Ireland.

Their new album 'A Celebration of Endings' is set for release on Tuesday 05 May.

The concert will be the first time the trio has returned since playing Belfast Vital in 2017.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 20 March from all usual Ticketmaster outlets.

Belfast City Centre Streets Set For Improvements

Five streets in Belfast city centre are set to undergo a series of upgrades under a new £2 million investment.

The Five C's Project will see public realm improvements delivered on College Court, College Avenue (part), College Street (part), Callender Street and Chichester Street (part).
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Doran Consulting has been appointed to design the project, which aims to enhance streets where the streetscape is poor and in need of upgrading. The design will include plans for resurfacing, lighting, landscaping, street furniture and public artwork.

Announcing the scheme, Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA said: "Belfast city centre has already seen major improvements in recent years which have really added to the city's appeal. I am acutely aware that there are other areas that need brought up to the standard expected by the city's residents, visitors and businesses. Design work will now get underway on public realm improvements for five key streets. Such improvements present a chance to address the poor condition of some areas in the city centre which have not benefited directly from earlier public realm works."

Belfast City Council, through Section 76 Developer Contributions, has secured £770,000 from new developments in the project area towards the overall construction costs.

Chair of Belfast City Council's City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Ryan Murphy added: "Our Belfast Agenda outlines a commitment to make our city vibrant, attractive, connected and environmentally sustainable – so this investment in city centre public realm from new developments is very welcome indeed. We all benefit from enhanced public space – it helps to improve residents' quality of life, and makes our city more attractive to both visitors and investors. I look forward to seeing this type of investment become more and more common as the city's regeneration continues."

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