UPDATE FOR MEMBERS
The Cavehill Residents Action Group (CRAG) was formed
following a public meeting on 27th March attended by
over 100 concerned residents…The aim of CRAG is to
prevent decline in the quality of our area by opposing
unwanted developments and encouraging improvements in
all aspects of our local environment. A Committee
was formed to implement our aims. It has met regularly
over the past two months and has worked hard on
behalf of the area.
COMMITTEE ACTIONS SINCE PUBLIC MEETING
An application had been opposed by residents and their elected representatives on the Belfast City Council, yet the Planning Office, Bedford House granted this bookies planning permission.
We’re not out of the woods yet, this Bookie, A. McLean, is appealing judges decision in September!
Bookies; 168A Cavehill Road.
deputation attended a planning meeting of the Belfast City Council
City to oppose a second Bookies’ application.
The Committee agreed with us, and recommended to the planning officers of the D.O.E. that this application be rejected.
A small victory for CRAG, but a victory nevertheless.
More late news
This Bookie, S.P.Graham, has withdrawn his application.
deputation met with Bill Morrison,
Belfast Divisional Planning
Manager in his office
in Bedford House. We outlined our concerns with regard to: Hot Food Bars, Bookies, Derelict sites etc,
and the general lack of accountability of the Planning Office.
Mr Morrison has agreed to visit our area in the very
near future and take a look for himself at
this very lovely part of Belfast which has the countryside-Cave Hill on it’s doorstep.
Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP);
When published in 2003, this major plan will outline
of Belfast for the foreseeable future. Positive input on behalf of our area is vital.
Lisa Copeland of Community Technical Aid addressed our group, and a CRAG deputation
met with Pat Quinn, Manager ofthe BMAP team . He is now in receipt of the first part of our
submission to preserve and enhance our area. The second part will be completed soon
Hot Food Bar at Jill House;
(bottom of Chichester Avenue, on the Antrim Road) CRAG has been distributing packs encouraging
residents to successfully oppose this change of use. However, the development has now been referred to
the critical Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) CRAG will be representing a number of residents at
the (PAC) hearing on 8th August to continue opposition to the granting of planning permission.
Hot Food Bars Cavehill Road;
We are pressing City Council to implement the regulations in regard
these premises’ opening hours and litter responsibilities.
CRAG has been writing and meeting with key players in planning and public life to
promote the case for improvements in our area. We have had positive responses from;
Sam Foster, Minister of the Environment, H.S. McKay, Chief Executive
of Planning Service,
Bill Morrison, Divisional planning Manager, All N.Belfast MLAs and councillors
North Belfast Partnership;
Is about to elect 12 members to the North Belfast Community Support Group of which
CRAG is registered and consequently have a vote
CRAG also applying for membership Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Aid(NICVA)
Funding ;like any such group,
CRAG requires basic funding to carry out its activities.
We have applied to a number of bodies for funding and we intend to appeal to all the
residents for a modest subscription.
The Future ;
Our last meeting before the summer was on 29th May.
Aside from making representation to PAC on 8th August with
regard to Hot Food Bar at Jill House,
we’ll not be meeting as a group until September. In the meantime all committee members
have a discussion paper , designed by a committee member, which will assist us in identifying major
problems and key issues upon which we will focus future action.
Volunteers; Your committee needs and welcomes volunteers to
continue the work in the Autumn.
Contact any Committee member, or visit our web site at http://crag-online.tripod.com/
or E mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org