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Investment
                          Programme
                                    2012-2015
                                      Draft

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Contents

1    Introduction                             5

2    Our commitments                          6

3    Context                                  8

4    Snapshot of Belfast                      10

5    Supporting principles                    12

6    Physical investment programme            15

7    Economy                                  25

8    People, communities and neighbourhoods   31

9    Value for money                          35

10   Monitoring and review                    36

11   Seeking your views                       37

     Appendices                               38

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There are more grounds
for optimism here than in
most other capital cities
in the world today. Make
sure you don’t forget that.
Set yourself some stretch
goals that really extend
expectations about what
you can achieve so that
everyone reaches for those
goals together.”
Declan Kelly
Former US Economic Envoy
to Northern Ireland
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1. Introduction
From the Chair of the Strategic and Policy Resources Committee and council party leaders

These are rapidly changing times. The economic confidence and optimism which previously provided
the backdrop for economic growth in Belfast has changed and there is continued uncertainty over the
economy. However our city has many strengths and opportunities. We need to capitalise on our growing
reputation as a top cultural and tourism destination, a leading venue for world-class events, a location of
choice for foreign direct investment and creative industries, continued political stability, a young population
and a skilled workforce.

These opportunities mean that now is the time to
continue to invest in our city. This Investment
Programme for Belfast sets out our commitment to deliver
for the city over the rest of this council term (2012-15) and           Councillor Deirdre Hargey
beyond. However it is also a prospectus for partnership - a             Chair, Strategic Policy and Resources Committee
call for joint working across all sectors, organisations and
communities to bring together the resources needed to
help our citizens realise their potential and make Belfast a
competitive, inclusive and successful city.
                                                                        Councillor Jim McVeigh
As a new council we have worked to manage budgets and                   Party Leader, Sinn Féin (SF)
generate efficiencies to free up money to pay for additional
investment across the city so that we can deliver this
Investment Programme whilst committing to you that the
district rate will not increase beyond inflation for the next
three years. This will allow us to deliver significant additional       Alderman Robin Newton
investment, balanced across the city including:                         Party Leader, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

• Capital investment - £75 million over the next three
  years to help build city and community assets and support
  employment in construction and other sectors, as part of
  an overall £150 million physical investment programme;                Councillor Tim Attwood
• Employment and skills development - provide 600                       Party Leader, Social, Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP)
  council employment, work placement, internship and
  apprenticeship opportunities and introduce social and
  community benefit clauses to contracts to provide
  employment opportunities for local people;
                                                                        Councillor Máire Hendron
• Bursary scheme - £300,000 to implement a bursary                      Party Leader, Alliance Party (ALL)
  scheme to support 16-24 year-olds to move into further
  education, training and employment;
• Business support - a range of schemes including
  increasing the amount of council procurement sourced
  locally by 10% to a total of 60% by 2015.                             Alderman David Browne
                                                                        Party Leader, Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)
We will work with partners to market Belfast proactively
on the international stage to attract inward investment,
increase tourism and build the networks necessary to
support growth.
                                                                        Alderman Hugh Smyth
We jointly commit, across all parties, to working with our              Party Leader, Progressive Unionist Party (PUP)
2,500 employees, our citizens and our partners to deliver
on this Investment Programme and contribute to the
growth and revitalisation of our city.

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2. Our commitments

 Physical investment programme
 Investing £150 million in capital projects

   We will invest:

   • £75 million in council facilities for local communities - including new pitches, playgrounds and the
     refurbishment and regeneration of local facilities and community assets;
   • £20 million in partnership projects which will contribute to city regeneration;
   • £50 million levered from Europe and other sources to provide key economic infrastructure projects to
     support the development of key sectors; and
   • £5 million in smaller local regeneration projects.

 Economy
 Investing £34 million in local economic growth, delivering
 600 job and work placement and internship opportunities
 and increasing local procurement to 60%

   We will:

   • further developing economic infrastructure to promote growth and inward investment;
   • supporting employability and skills development including:
      - a £300,000 bursary fund to help 16-24 year-olds move into further education, training and employment,
      - over 400 work placement, internship and apprenticeship opportunities within Belfast City Council with a
        focus on graduates and young long-term unemployed and disabled people, and
      - 200 employment opportunities at no additional cost to the ratepayer;
   • investing over £34 million in local economic growth to:
      - grow tourism and host major events,
      - support and promote arts and culture,
      - encourage business growth and competitiveness in key sectors, including retail, creative industries,
        financial and business services and connected health,
      - market Belfast internationally; and
   • increasing the amount of council spend with local suppliers by 10% to 60% by 2015.

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People, communities and neighbourhoods
Investing £29 million

 We will:

 • implement a £10 million grant aid programme to support local communities including spending £2.4 million
   on providing advice and support services;
 • use our £5 million Local Investment Fund to attract and complement other funding for regeneration, such
   as OFMDFM’s Social Investment Fund; DSD’s Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and Sports NI’s Community
   Capital programme;
 • roll out the additional £4 million EU PEACE III funding that we have secured to continue to build a peaceful
   and inclusive city;
 • invest £1.5 million in delivering our Renewing the Routes programme;
 • invest £2 million in playgrounds and community gardens;
 • lever in an additional £3 million to support our actions on community safety, including delivering a further
   £700,000 in Phase III of our alleygating programme;
 • implement the actions under our Poverty and Social Inequalities Framework and the Belfast Strategic
   Partnership’s Framework for Action on Addressing Life Inequalities;
 • deliver £3.5 million of health and well-being programmes to tackle health inequalities through the Active
   Belfast Partnership; and
 • deal with dilapidated and derelict buildings to support neighbourhood regeneration.

Value for money
Keeping rates below inflation and delivering £20 million in savings

 We will:

 •   keep any required rate increase to the level of inflation or below;
 •   continue to deliver our efficiency programme, reaching £20 million in savings by 2015;
 •   pay 90% of our creditors within 28 days to help improve business cash flow;
 •   introduce the use of social and community benefit clauses in our contracts; and
 •   sustain and enhance the value of the city’s rate base to ensure future investment.

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3. Context

Belfast is increasingly recognised as a successful,                  This Investment Programme is a response to the changes
peaceful and dynamic city and it enjoyed over a                      that the downturn has created and an attempt to build on
decade of sustained investment and economic                          what has been achieved over the past decades. Therefore,
growth before the recent global economic downturn.                   before deciding on our commitments, we analysed the
                                                                     challenges and opportunities facing the city in order to
                                                                     establish where action needed to be taken, the potential
                                                                     resources we need to deliver and the partnerships and
                                                                     relationships we need to realise the city’s full potential.

  The economic challenge

    We can see the impact that the economic downturn
    is having on local people, communities and
    businesses. Employment levels in the region have
    fallen and there has been a rise in unemployment,
    with young people and graduates being hit
    particularly hard. The downturn has affected many
    sectors, including construction, retail and business
    services. There are increasing numbers of vacant
    properties, incomes are falling for many and welfare
    reform will increase the pressure on the poorest in
    the city.

    The challenge is considerable but the next few
    years will witness a number of important milestones
    for Belfast. A number of key visitor attractions
    and cultural venues including Titanic Belfast
    and The MAC will open, making Belfast, which
    currently attracts eight million visitors a year even
    more appealing. Belfast has a vibrant artistic and
    cultural life and key growth sectors such as the
    creative industries sector have the potential to add
    significant value.

    Major international events, such as the Tall Ships in
    2009 and the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2011,
    have helped to boost our economy and enhance
    Belfast’s international reputation. We are committed
    to building on this to further raise the city’s profile at
    a global level.

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Council resources

 Belfast City Council employs over 2,500 people and spends £170 million, much of it locally, each year.
 We have therefore looked at how we can maximise the use of all our resources to help stimulate the local
 economy and at the same time minimise the cost to the ratepayer.

 We will finance our commitments through:

 •   cash savings from our efficiency programme and reducing running costs,
 •   a 2.6% district rate increase in 2012-13 which will be dedicated to supporting capital investment,
 •   prudential borrowing, and
 •   levering money from Europe and other sources.

Partnership

 We recognise that we cannot realise the objectives in this Investment Programme on our own and therefore
 one of our underlying principles is the need to work in partnership. It is crucial that we continue to develop
 productive relationships with the Northern Ireland Executive and other key partners from the public, private
 and voluntary and community sectors to deliver the objectives under this Programme.

 We have looked closely at the plans of other bodies including the draft Programme for Government
 2011-2015, the Economic Strategy and the draft Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland and their
 objectives, to ensure that the projects and programmes outlined in this document align closely with the
 objectives of central government. We believe that government plans must reflect the fact, recognised
 across the world, that regional economic growth is driven by competitive, economically successful and
 inclusive cities. We welcome the Executive’s reference to the importance of Belfast to regional prosperity.

Reform and delivery

 A key feature of the draft Programme for Government is the reform of local government in Northern Ireland
 which will mean that planning and regeneration powers will return to councils, as well as a community
 planning duty. This programme is therefore underpinned by a commitment to work closely with government
 departments to ensure as much integration as possible happens before any formal transfer. No time should
 be lost in building an effective delivery plan for Belfast, to ensure that capacity exists across all agencies and
 disciplines to make key projects happen for the benefit of the city and its citizens.

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4. Snapshot of Belfast

People
• 268,000 people live in the city
  while over 645,536 live in the wider
  metropolitan area.
• 20% of the population is under 16
  and 30% is over the age of 50.                       Employment
• 63.1% of Belfast’s total population is               • The number of jobs in Belfast is 196,931.
  of working age.
                                                       • Belfast is home to two-thirds of Northern
                                                         Ireland’s largest 50 companies and half of
                                                         its foreign-owned businesses.
                                                       • Belfast has half of Northern Ireland’s
                                                         hi-tech manufacturing jobs, 3 in 5 computer
                                                         and related service jobs and two-thirds of
                                                         creative media and arts jobs.
                                                       • Northern Ireland is Europe’s leading location
                                                         for financial services software development,
                                                         attracting more than a third of total projects
                                                         in the last five years. The majority of these
                                                         companies are based in Belfast.
                                                       • The total number of people claiming
                                                         unemployment related benefits in Belfast is
                                                         11,544 - 6.6% of those eligible to work.
                                                       • The construction industry across Northern
                                                         Ireland has been hit particularly hard by the
                                                         economic downturn with the total volume of
                                                         overall construction output in Quarter 3 2011
                                                         being 37.5% lower than the peak in Quarter 1
                                                         2007.
Tourism
and Events                                             • 5.4% of 16-59 year olds receive
                                                         incapacity benefit.
• Belfast has established itself as a leading
  short-break destination. Recently, National          • 12.9% of population aged 16-59 receive
  Geographic Traveller magazine named it as              income support.
  one of the world’s top destinations for 2012.
• In 2010 eight million visitors, including
  1.38 million out-of-state overnight visitors,
  came to Belfast injecting £398 million into
  the local economy and helping to support             Sources used include:
  over 8,000 full-time jobs.                           Northern Ireland Statistical Research Agency (NISRA),
                                                       the Noble Multiple Deprivation Measures, the Department of Enterprise,
• The Financial Times has listed Belfast as            Trade and Industry (DETI), the Department of Education (DE),
  one of the ‘Top 10 places in the world’ to           the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL),
  hold a conference or major event.                    the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
                                                       (DHSS&PS), the Department for Regional Development (DRD),
                                                       Belfast Tourism Monitor and 2001 Census information.

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Education
• There are 161 schools in Belfast (32 nursery, 84 primary, 19
  secondary, 16 grammar, 10 special).
• In 2009-10 there were 3,128 school leavers in Belfast.
  - 36% went on to further education,
  - 11% went straight into employment, and
  - 3.8% left school with no GCSEs.
• There are 55,650 undergraduate students and 11,785
  postgraduate students in Belfast at Queen’s University and
  the University of Ulster.
• Belfast Metropolitan College is the largest further and
  higher education college in Northern Ireland with over
  40,000 students.

                                                                 Connectivity
                                                                 • There are two
                                                                   modern airports
                                                                   within 20 minutes of
                                                                   the city centre with
                                                                   regular flights to
Health and deprivation                                             national, European and
                                                                   international destinations.
• 9 out of the 10 most deprived wards in
  Northern Ireland, in terms of multiple                         • The Port of Belfast handles
  deprivation, are in Belfast.                                     60% of Northern Ireland’s
                                                                   seaborne trade.
• 7 out of the 10 most deprived wards
  in Northern Ireland, in terms of health                        • Over 40% of households
  deprivation, are in Belfast.                                     in Belfast do not have
                                                                   access to a private car and
• There are pockets of health inequalities
                                                                   therefore rely on public
  across the city and the gap in life
                                                                   transport.
  expectancy is not reducing between the
  most affluent areas and the most deprived.                     • There are plans for a
                                                                   £100 million rapid transit
• The average life expectancy in Belfast is
                                                                   infrastructure in the city.
  lower than the Northern Ireland average:
  - Males: 74.4 years, compared to NI                            • There has been major
    average of 76.4 years.                                         upgrades over the past
                                                                   decade in the road network
  - Females: 80.1 years, compared to the                           including the £100 million
    NI average of 81.3 years.                                      Westlink upgrade.

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5. Supporting principles
The following principles underpin everything that our councillors and employees will do
in the delivery of the objectives in this Investment Programme.

    1       Good relations and equality

  We are committed to promoting equality and good
  relations and believe these are key to improving the
  quality of life for everyone. Fairness and respect are
  central to this programme and underpin all of our
  activities. A peaceful and inclusive society is vital to
  economic regeneration, attracting talent, sustaining
  inward investment, generating tourism and tackling
  poverty. We want to shape Belfast so that its spaces
  and services meet the ambitions of all residents.

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                                                                              Partnership
                                                                              and integration
                                                                              We believe in strong, shared,
                                                                              collaborative leadership and
                                                                              are committed to bringing
                                                                              together partners from all sectors
                                                                              and communities to develop
                                                                              innovative solutions to Belfast’s
                                                                              challenges and to take advantage
                                                                              of all opportunities.

                                                                              We believe organisations should
                                                                              work together to deliver the
                                                                              most accessible and convenient
                                                                              services and facilities wherever
                                                                              possible.

                                                                              We will engage with local
    2       Balanced investment                                               communities in delivering this
                                                                              programme and will advocate
  We believe all parts of Belfast should benefit from investment and growth   with government and the private
  and we will work to transform and connect all areas in the context of       sector for more investment in
  their individual challenges and strengths. We will work with partners to    Belfast.
  connect all areas to new city developments.

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  4       Value for money

We will test all our services,
plans and projects to ensure that
they provide value for money for
ratepayers. We will provide efficient
and effective services, making
the most of scarce resources and
pursuing all sources of funding
for investment in Belfast. We will
maximise our spend to benefit the
local economy and communities.

  5
Sustainability
We will work to improve
quality of life, now and for
future generations, creating a
sustainable, clean and healthy
                                        ...we will seek to rebuild
living space for all.
                                        and rebalance our
                                        economy, and we will
                                        seek to address the
                                        legacy of division that
                                        lingers from the past.”
                                        Statement of the First Minister and Deputy First
                                        Minister on the Programme for Government and
                                        Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland.
                                        November 2011

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6. Physical investment programme

    Our commitments

    £150 million investment in capital projects including:

    • £75 million in council facilities for local communities - including new pitches, playgrounds and the refurbishment
      and regeneration of local facilities and community assets;
    • £20 million in partnership projects which will contribute to city regeneration;
    • £50 million levered from Europe and other sources to provide key economic infrastructure projects to support
      development of key sectors; and
    • £5 million in smaller local regeneration projects.

Our physical investment programme will help to build community and city assets and support construction.
This will impact on the wider economy, creating demand and opportunities at a time when they are
needed most. In line with the principles underpinning this Programme we are committed to balanced
investment across the city.
We recognise that modern infrastructure is critical to              Ways in which our physical investment programme will
the future success of Belfast and will underpin the                 be financed include:
revitalisation of our local economy. The assets we create
will help communities and the city as a whole prosper,              • cash savings from our efficiency programme and
compete and create further opportunities now and for                  reducing running costs;
future generations.                                                 • a 2.6% district rate increase in 2012-13 which will be
                                                                      dedicated to supporting capital investment;
Key funding streams for the delivery of this
                                                                    • prudential borrowing; and
programme are:
                                                                    • levering money from Europe and other sources.
• City Investment Fund - this fund supports key
  partnership projects to regenerate Belfast and helps to           Reform of local government within Northern Ireland will
  lever substantial funds from other sources. It has already        include the transfer of new place shaping functions such
  helped fund Titanic Belfast, Connswater Community                 as planning and regeneration to councils by 2015. We
  Greenway, the Lyric and The MAC.                                  are getting ready to take full advantage of this opportunity
                                                                    and to ensure that the capacity exists across all agencies
• Capital programme - this rolling programme of
                                                                    to make regeneration happen.
  investment is for building and improving council-owned
  facilities in local communities.
• Local Investment Fund - this new fund will be used
  to support the delivery of key regenerative projects in
  neighbourhoods. It will complement other private and
  public sector funding streams including OFMDFM’s £80
  million Social Investment Fund, DSD’s Neighbourhood
  Renewal Fund and Sports NI’s Community Capital
  programme for sports facilities.

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 Council-led projects
 Our capital programme is a rolling plan of investment which either improves existing council facilities or
 provides new facilities.

 Over the period of our last corporate plan, we invested £52 million and levered an additional £16 million external
 funding to deliver key capital investment schemes including:
 • the Grove Wellbeing Centre,                                      • pitch replacements,
 • the Falls Leisure Centre,                                        • playground provision, and
 • the provision of improved waste and                              • the refurbishments of civic buildings including Belfast
   recycling facilities,                                              City Hall and Ulster Hall.
 Over the next three years, we will invest a further £75 million in providing new facilities and enhancing existing
 ones. This investment includes:

                                                                     Mary Peters Track
                                                                     We are investing £3 million
                                                                     to upgrade the Mary Peters
                                                                     Track to provide a new eight
                                                                     lane International Association
                                                                     of Athletics Federations
   New pitch provision                                               specification track with a spectator stand. This
   We have committed £10 million towards:                            will be ready for the 2013 World Fire and Police
   • new playing pitches at Cherryvale, Woodlands,                   Games which over 10,000 competitors and 40,000
     Cliftonville playing fields, Falls Park and Ormeau              spectators from across the world will attend.
     Park. This investment will see the provision of new
     3G hybrid pitches along with associated works
     including lighting, fencing and state-of-the art                Dunville and Woodvale parks
     changing facilities,                                            A £4 million investment in two of our city parks to
   • new changing facilities at Ballysillan, Waterworks,             refurbish and regenerate these and make them key
     Musgrave and upgrades to existing facilities at                 community assets. These upgrades will see new
     Dixon and Victoria parks.                                       play areas, new pitches and space for community
                                                                     events. We have been working closely with the local
                                                                     communities in the areas to make sure they benefit
   Cemetery and crematorium                                          from these investments. DSD has approved matched
   There will be ongoing investment of over £600,000                 funding for these schemes.
   in site development and extensions at Roselawn
   Cemetery. We are also considering options for a new
   crematorium and suitable sites for a new cemetery. We
   will invest £1.8 million in new cremators and mercury
   abatement at the crematorium.

   Playgrounds and community gardens                                                            Alleygating
   We manage more than 70 children’s playgrounds and are committed to making                    We will invest a further
   these accessible and inclusive to children of various abilities. Over the next three         £700,000 in Phase III of our
   years we will invest £2 million in refurbishing and maintaining these facilities and         alleygating programme.
   increasing the number of community gardens across the city.

                                          Facility maintenance and upgrade
                                          Over the next three years we will spend £18 million to maintain and enhance
                                          vital community facilities and assets, including parks and multi-use game areas.

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Investing in the city’s economic infrastructure

We are pursuing European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and other funding for a number of key
projects which will help deliver this, aiming to lever investment of nearly £40 million into Belfast for a
council investment of £13 million. We have made bids for the following projects:
• Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre
  A £20 million proposal to extend Belfast Waterfront to provide dedicated conference and exhibition facilities.
  This will help strengthen Belfast’s offer to this market.
• Green Economy Business Park
  An £8 million bid for the development of a green business park on the North Foreshore.
• Innovation Centre
  An £8 million proposal for the provision of an Innovation Centre at Springvale.
• Digital Hub
  We are working with Invest NI to develop a £4 million Digital Hub to promote digital technology based
  enterprises in the city.
• Super-connected broadband
  The Chancellor recently announced that Belfast would be one of ten cities to share £100 million to become
  super-connected with 80-100 MB broadband access - vital to economic competitiveness. We will work
  with government to ensure that this funding is used to drive growth with a particular focus on small and
  medium-sized enterprises.

Emerging council-led investment projects

Through the use of our assets and resources we play a key role in shaping the face of Belfast and
contributing to the overall development of the city. Some of the capital projects that we will pursue
over the course of this Investment Programme include:

• Development of the North Foreshore - the city’s largest development site. We have issued a development
  brief and are actively seeking cultural and leisure uses and the development of a green business park.
• Loughside - enhancing the recreation and community facilities in the Loughside Park area to complement a
  £30 million private sector led retail development.
• Girdwood Community Hub - a £9 million EU Peace III funding proposal to create a new Community
  Hub facility.
• Relocation of the Belfast Welcome Centre to provide better, more accessible services and facilities for
  visitors to Belfast.
• Leisure provision review - we operate 10 leisure centres across the city however these assets are aging and
  by 2015 we will have created proposals for the redevelopment of the leisure estate.
• Redevelopment of the Tropical Ravine at Botanic Gardens - a Heritage Lottery Fund application to
  redevelop this key tourist destination.
• Council accommodation - future accommodation solutions will be developed as part of our
  efficiency programme.
• Floral Hall at Belfast Zoo - potential refurbishment of this historic building.
• Gasworks Business Park - options for the development of the Northern Fringe of the Gasworks are being
  explored to further enhance this significant economic asset.
• Springfield Recycling Centre - a new community recycling facility to help meet EU waste targets.

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 Partnership projects - in progress

 We have established a City Investment Fund which demonstrates our commitment to improving the
 vibrancy, prosperity, competitiveness and sustainability of the city. This seeks to support key partnership
 projects which will contribute to regeneration.

 Through our City Investment Fund, we have already invested £16 million in a number of landmark projects which
 have helped lever in more than £160 million additional private and public sector investment. These projects will
 help play a central role in establishing Belfast and the wider region as a world class tourist, cultural and business
 destination as well as providing important legacy assets to the city and helping to add value to the city’s rates base.

 Examples of the projects we are investing in include:

                                              Cultural facilities at the Lyric
                                              and The MAC
                                              The city’s arts and cultural offering has been transformed with the
                                              opening of the new £18 million Lyric Theatre and the £18 million
                                              MAC. We contributed £1.8 million towards these projects alongside
                                              the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, the Arts Council, the
                                              Department for Social Development and private investors.
    Titanic Belfast
    In partnership with the
    Department of Enterprise, Trade
    and Investment (DETI), Titanic
    Quarter Ltd and the Belfast
    Harbour Commissioners, we have
    committed £10 million towards
    the spectacular new £97 million
    Titanic Belfast project. Opening
    in April 2012, the world’s largest
    Titanic visitor experience will offer
    a state-of-the-art world class
    visitor and educational facility
    and is expected to attract over
    400,000 visitors a year.

                                                        Connswater Community
                                                        Greenway
                                                        This innovative and exciting project will reconnect the
                                                        communities of East Belfast and restore the rivers as
                                                        community assets. It will create a vibrant, attractive,
                                                        safe and accessible park for leisure, recreation and
                                                        community events and activities. We contributed
                                                        £4 million to this £32 million project which is also
                                                        being funded through the Big Lottery Fund and
                                                        the Department for Social Development.

                                                                                                 Opposite: Titanic Belfast

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A capital city of Titanic
ambition”
National Geographic
describing Belfast as one of the world’s top
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   Emerging partnership projects

   We will tap into the energy and commitment of Belfast’s people. Partners
   and communities are generating ideas and projects with the potential to
   transform all areas of the city. Over the next three years we will continue to
   work with partners to prioritise and invest in those projects which will deliver
   the best benefits for the city and its neighbourhoods.

   Some examples of potential partnership projects are detailed below. The
   list is not exhaustive and will be subject to continual review and prioritisation
   over the investment period as funding and delivery opportunities
   present themselves. The projects listed below are at different stages of
   development, with some being initial concept ideas and others more fully
   worked up with economic appraisals to support them. We will continue
   to work with partners to further analyse and support projects which
   demonstrate feasibility and the ability to contribute to the city’s economic                    Gaeltacht Quarter
   social and environmental well-being.

   We therefore commit ourselves over the course of this programme to work
   with communities and partners to define and refine project proposals,
   explore potential funding streams and help build capacity to support delivery.

   • Gaeltacht Quarter
     Proposals to regenerate one of the city’s Irish language, tourism and
     cultural quarters.
   • North Belfast Cultural Corridor and St Kevin’s Hall
     Proposal for a cultural corridor linking the city centre to north Belfast and
     an adjacent project to regenerate St Kevin’s Hall.
   • Public bike hire
     Working with DRD to explore the potential to introduce a public bike
     hire scheme in Belfast.
   • Titanic Quarter
     Further regeneration of the Titanic Quarter over the next 20 years led
     by Titanic Quarter Limited.
   • Markets Tunnels at Lanyon                                                         North Belfast Cultural Corridor
     A proposal to reopen the eight tunnels of the East Bridge Street viaduct
     for community and social economy businesses use and as an access
     point from the Markets community to the city centre.
   • Lagan Canal
     Plans to restore and revitalise the Lagan Canal corridor.
   • Crumlin Road Gaol
     Redevelopment and reopening of the former Crumlin Road Gaol as a
     tourism and business centre being led by OFMDFM and DSD.
   • York Street Interchange
     A planned investment led by DRD to upgrade the city’s road network.
   • St Comgall’s
     Proposed peace and reconciliation and conference centre which is
     being led by Falls Community Council.
   • Black Mountain
     Proposed development of a shared space activity centre.

                                                                                                      Public bike hire

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                                               • Integrated transport hub
                                                 Proposal to develop an integrated transport hub at Grosvenor Road
                                                 which is being led by Translink and DRD.
                                               • Six Links
                                                 A concept proposal for north Belfast developed by FAB to reconnect
                                                 north Belfast with the Titanic Quarter.
                                               • Andersonstown Gateway
                                                 A masterplan for the Andersonstown area which is being completed by
                                                 DSD.
                                               • Arygle Business Park
                                                 Provision of additional enterprise units in Shankill area.
                                               • Girdwood Park
                                                 Potential redevelopment of a 17 acre brownfield site in north Belfast
                                                 which is owned by the DSD.
                                               • Crumlin Road Court House
                             Black Mountain
                                                 A listed building on the Crumlin Road. The building is currently in private
                                                 ownership and is in a poor condition.
                                               • Changing Places
                                                 Provision of disabled toilet facilities.
                                               • Shaftsbury Square
                                                 DSD led masterplan for the regeneration of this key
                                                 city gateway.
                                               • Vocational College
                                                 Provision of new educational facility in east Belfast.
                                               • Glen 10
                                                 Housing lead development.
                                               • Glen Colin
                                                 Development of a community facility.
                                               • An Droichead
                                                 A new community and social enterprise hub.
                                               • Springfield Dam
                                                 Development of a potential tourism destination.
Girdwood Community Hub (artist’s impression)   • Falls Women’s Centre
                                                 Proposals to expand the current facility.
                                               • Shankill Piazza
                                                 Creation of a vibrant open space and public realm.

                                               Support for communities in partnership with the Sports NI
                                               Community Capital programme:
                                               • Hammer
                                                 Improving council facilities including pitch upgrade and new building for
                                                 boxing club.
                                               • Marrowbone
                                                 Provision of a 3G pitch in partnership with the Ardoyne Youth
                                                 Providers Forum.
                                               • Barnett Demesne
                                                 Provision of a mountain bike track in partnership with Countryside
                                                 Access and Activities Network (CAAN).

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   Masterplan - advocacy projects

   Belfast benefited substantially from considerable
   private and public investment over the past decade.
   We need strong city leadership and partnership
                                                                  Belfast Masterplan
   to ensure continued investment and to secure                   Review 2012
   the necessary resources to make projects such
   as improved transport, learning and technological
   infrastructure happen.

   Continued investment in the city’s economic and
   physical infrastructure is also vital to growing the
   rate base. This provides nearly 75% of our income,
   allowing continued investment and vital service
   provision. Over the next three years, we will continue
   to work closely with our public and private sector
   partners to identify and progress those key city
   infrastructure projects which will provide a platform
   for competitiveness and regeneration.

     Our Masterplan for the city sets out our high level vision for the next ten years and highlights what we
     need to focus on in terms of city infrastructure and relationships to create a competitive, connected,
     inclusive Belfast. The key objectives under our Masterplan are:

     Spatial objectives

     • The Belfast city region
       Supporting the potential for Belfast to drive
       economic growth in the region.
     • The centre city
       A vibrant and dynamic centre city and
       regional economy.
     • The neighbourhood city
       Neighbourhoods which provide the focus for
       community, social and environmental sustainability.

     Strategic objectives

     • The accessible and connected city
       Enhancing accessibility and connectivity
       internationally, regionally and locally.
     • The learning city
       Harnessing the power of cutting edge research and
       development and third level education.
     • The eco city
       Clean technology, renewable energy and efficiency
       will drive growth in the economy and reduce costs
       for businesses and households.

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We have identified five priority projects aligned to each of these
objectives. These projects will all be iconic and transformational
and their beneficial effects will be felt at a city wide and regional
level. We are advocating and working closely with key partners
to secure the resources needed to deliver the projects linked to
these platforms including:

                                             The centre city

                                             Royal                       The eco city
                                             Exchange
                                             A £400 million proposed     North Foreshore
                                             investment in the Royal     The council owned North Foreshore
 The neighbourhood city                      Exchange retail-led         site in the north of the city is the
                                             scheme in the north         largest development site in Belfast
 Casement and                                east of the city. We will   compromising over 340 acres. We
 Windsor Park                                work with DSD to realise    are committed to delivering this
                                             the benefits of this
 stadia upgrades                             development.
                                                                         site for the benefit of everyone in
                                                                         Belfast.
 The NI Executive has committed over
 £130 million to local sports facilities
 including £25.2 million which will
 go towards the redevelopment of                                         The accessible and
                                                                         connected city
 Windsor Park and £61.4 million for the
 redevelopment of Casement Park. We
 will work with government, sporting                                     Rapid Transit
 bodies and local communities to
 maximise the benefit of this investment.                                A £100 million investment in a
                                                                         Belfast Rapid Transit system led
                                                                         by the DRD. This system will play
                                                                         a key role in linking communities in
                                                                         the east and west of the city and
                                                                         will help regenerate deprived areas
                                                                         by providing quick and efficient
                                                                         access to jobs, education, health
                                                                         and leisure.

 The learning city

 University of Ulster, new Belfast campus
 £250 million investment by the University of Ulster in a new campus
 in Belfast at York Street. We are committed to working with the
 University and other statutory agencies to maximise the wider
 regeneration and community benefits of this significant investment.

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7. Economy

    Our commitments

    We will support the local economy by:

    • further developing economic infrastructure to promote growth and inward investment;
    • supporting employability and skills development including:
       - a £300,000 bursary fund to help 16-24 year-olds move into further education, training and employment,
       - over 400 work placement, internship and apprenticeship opportunities within Belfast City Council with a
         focus on graduates and young long-term unemployed and disabled people, and
       - 200 employment opportunities at no additional cost to the ratepayer;
    • investing over £34 million in local economic growth to:
       - grow tourism and host major events,
       - support and promote arts and culture,
       - encourage business growth and competitiveness in key sectors, including retail, creative industries,
         financial and business services and connected health,
       - market Belfast internationally; and
    • increasing the amount of council spend with local suppliers by 10% to 60% by 2015.

The challenges facing the Northern Ireland economy
are significant.

The draft Programme for Government makes clear that
the potential for recovery and growth will depend upon
effective partnership working between the public sector
and the private, community and voluntary sectors.

The draft Economic Strategy identifies Belfast as the key
driver for economic growth in the region. We will work
with government departments, agencies and the private
sector to contribute towards the targets set out in these
key regional strategies.

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   Economic infrastructure

   We will work with partners to further develop
   the city’s infrastructure to promote growth and
   inward investment. As outlined in our physical
   investment programme this will include
   support for tourism, the creative industries,
   green technology and renewables through
   developments such as:

   • an integrated convention and exhibition centre at
     Belfast Waterfront;
   • a Green Economy Business Park at the
     North Foreshore;
   • an Innovation Centre at Springvale;
   • a Digital Hub for Belfast; and
   • super-connected broadband status for the city.             Illustrative design concept of proposed Convention
                                                                         and Exhibition Centre at Belfast Waterfront.

   Support employability and skills development

   There is need for specific, targeted interventions to ensure that
   people in all parts of Belfast have the opportunity to develop
   the skills necessary to apply for and secure jobs particularly
   our young people (16-24) who have been badly impacted by the
   economic downturn. In addition the council is committed to
   looking at how we, as a large employer in the city, can provide
   job opportunities and extend employment opportunities by
   supporting those who are unemployed or disadvantaged in the
   labour market to tackle the barriers to work that they face.

   Over the next three years we will:
   • contribute £300,000 towards bursaries to help those aged 16-24 into further education, training and employment;
   • work with local partners to deliver targeted employability initiatives across the city, providing pre-employment
     support for 1200 people and helping around 400 into employment;
   • work with partners on the Belfast Social Clause Delivery Forum, ensuring that government contracts contain
     appropriate social clauses to support employment and apprenticeship opportunities that can be easily
     managed and monitored;
   • work with DEL and Belfast Metropolitan College to deliver on the targets set out in their successive
     employment and skills strategies and set up a city-wide Employability and Skills Steering Group to maximise
     the significant resources available across government and other agencies;
   • provide over 400 work placement, apprenticeship and internship opportunities within Belfast City Council with
     a focus on graduates and young long-term unemployed and disabled people,
   • deliver 200 employment opportunities at no additional cost to the ratepayer; and
   • look at how we can provide further volunteering opportunities within the council to help people to develop
     their skills.

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Tourism development and promotion

Recognising the importance of the tourism sector we have developed an Integrated Strategic
Framework for Belfast Tourism which we will deliver over the next three years. We will ensure that all
parts of the city benefit from the potential growth in tourism over the coming years. This strategy aims
to increase the number of overnight visitors by 40% to 2.38 million and to increase overnight visitor
spend by 20% to £294 million by 2015. To help achieve this, over the next three years we will:

  Market Belfast
  Spend over £7 million to support the
  marketing and visitor servicing activities of
  the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau
  (BCVB). We will also lever in an additional
  £8 million investment which will benefit
  over 500 local tourism, hospitality and
  service businesses.

                                                  Develop Belfast’s tourism product
                                                  Invest £1.5 million in developing new products for tourists to
                                                  enjoy such as the Belfast Music Tour and the Great Belfast
                                                  Food initiative. We will also continue to invest in tourism
                                                  signage and will work to promote customer excellence
                                                  standards within our local hospitality sector.

                                                  Invest in a
                                                  ‘City of Festivals’
                                                  Support 25 festivals and the
  Develop culture and arts                        animation of 12 city spaces. We
  Invest over £4.5 million in enhancing           have secured £300,000 of EU
  cultural and arts sectors                       Peace III funding which will used
  to create a dynamic                             to support the development and
  and vibrant city. Belfast                       use of shared cultural space. An
  now has over 70                                 estimated 200,000 people will
  festival organisations                          attend these events.
  and a wide range of
  cultural venues and
  organisations. We will
  utilise culture and art
  to tell the Belfast story                       If you can’t have a good time in Belfast,
  and stimulate visitor
  and citizen interest in
                                                  you can’t have a good time...”
  local areas.                                    Jools Holland

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 City events

 In the past few years Belfast has held a number of game changing events which have helped
 transform people’s view of the city and demonstrated it as a place which can hold its own on the
 world stage. Over the next three years we will invest £7.8 million and hold more international events
 which will continue to place Belfast on the world stage. These events will further enhance the city’s
 reputation and cement it as a top tourism and cultural destination. We will also continue to try to
 secure further world-class events which will help boost the city’s economy.

   ‘Our Time, Our Place’                                        World Irish Dancing Championships 2012
   Titanic Belfast Festival 2012
                                                                Belfast will host the
   Along with our                                               World Irish Dancing
   partners at NITB and                                         Championships again in
   Titanic Belfast, we are                                      April 2012. Over 4,500
   hosting international                                        competitors will take
   scale events to                                              part in this event and it
   mark the centenary                                           is estimated that it will
   of Titanic’s fateful                                         generate £8 million into
   maiden voyage. The                                           the local economy.
   100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking will position
   Belfast as the ‘home’ of the Titanic. Events will
   include a return of MTV for a concert on the Titanic
   Slipways, a spectacular light show, a series of
   commemorative events and a newly commissioned
   drama which will be performed at the new MAC.

   World Police and Fire Games 2013

   Belfast is playing
   host to the
   World Police
   and Fire Games
   in August 2013.
   This spectacular
   sporting event
   is expected
   to attract over
   10,000 police
   officers, fire
   fighters, customs
   and prison officers
   from around
   the world who
   will take part in                                            Tall Ships 2015
   over 65 sporting
   events. The event                                            We have secured the return of the prestigious Tall
   will also attract                                            Ships event to the city in 2015. In 2009, this was
   over 40,000                                                  one of the most successful and high profile events
   spectators.                                                  attracting in excess of 800,000 spectators.

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Encourage business growth and competitiveness in key sectors

Belfast is home to around 11,000 businesses. The draft Economic Strategy
identifies the importance of securing additional foreign direct investment and
export-led growth as a way of rebalancing the local economy. We will work with
our partners in Invest NI to maximise inward investment. We will also work with
our enterprise partners to encourage new businesses to start up and to help
small companies grow.
To support local businesses over the next three years we will invest £4.8 million to:
• help 400 local companies to explore export opportunities for the first time or grow
  into new markets;
• help 60 community based organisations to explore the potential of becoming social
  economy enterprises;
• support the independent retail sector to build their customer base and further
  develop niche retail opportunities;
• work with Invest NI and the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety
  to access the opportunities in the connected health sector. We will support local
  technology companies to exploit these opportunities;
• progress the development of a renewable sector zone in the north of the city and advocate for associated
  enterprise incentives;
• develop targeted business start initiatives for key groups. Our Belfast Enterprise Academy and our enterprise
  competitions will introduce 150 undergraduate students to the practicalities of managing a business, with a
  view to creating at least 80 new business start-ups;
• stage investment conferences to promote Belfast to international investors; and
• develop an International Relations Strategy to support attracting tourism, foreign direct investment, commercial
  investment, European funding and talent.

Support local procurement and maximise the potential
of our procurement spend
In 2011-12 we spent £55 million on procuring goods and services. Local businesses will play a crucial
role in helping us to deliver this Investment Programme. We recognise the wider economic and
community benefits that procurement spend can bring to our city, helping to support and protect jobs
throughout the supply chain.

Over the next three years we will, working within our legal responsibilities, seek to increase the amount the
council procures locally by 10% to a total of 60% by 2015. We will do this through:
• ‘Smarter Procurement Programme’ - supporting 20-25 local businesses or social enterprises to take
  advantage of emerging procurement opportunities in the public and private sector.
• ‘Construction Sales Growth Programme’ - supporting 50 local sub-contractors to identify and exploit potential
  supply chain opportunities with a target of generating £1 million of new business for participating companies.
• Procurement fairs and road shows - develop and deliver a structured programme of procurement fairs and
  road shows annually to develop awareness and build capacity among local suppliers.
• Procurement guides and assistance - prepare a ‘How to do business with the council’ guide and a guide
  for businesses who are considering developing a consortia bid for a large procurement contract.
• Better communication and engagement - reviewing and updating our suppliers database and updating the
  procurement section on our website.

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8. People, communities and
   neighbourhoods

    Our commitments
    We will:
    • implement a £10 million grant aid programme to support local communities including spending £2.4 million
      on providing advice and support services;
    • use our £5 million Local Investment Fund to attract and complement other funding for regeneration, such
      as OFMDFM’s Social Investment Fund; DSD’s Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and Sports NI’s Community
      Capital programme;
    • roll out the additional £4 million EU PEACE III funding that we have secured to continue to build a peaceful
      and inclusive city;
    • invest £1.5 million in delivering our Renewing the Routes programme;
    • invest £2 million in playgrounds and community gardens;
    • lever in an additional £3 million to support our actions on community safety, including delivering a further
      £700,000 in Phase III of our alleygating programme;
    • implement the actions under our Poverty and Social Inequalities Framework and the Belfast Strategic
      Partnership’s Framework for Action on Addressing Life Inequalities;
    • deliver £3.5 million of health and well-being programmes to tackle health inequalities through the Active
      Belfast Partnership; and
    • deal with dilapidated and derelict buildings to support neighbourhood regeneration.

Quality of life in Belfast is vital to the well-being
of citizens and attracting visitors, investors and
students and is the bedrock of economic growth.
Central to this is feeling safe, being healthy and
having access to high quality green space, good
leisure and cultural opportunities and being able to
travel easily to access employment.

In Belfast this also means reducing segregation
and promoting inclusion and integration of different
communities. Many of our citizens continue to live
parallel lives, with some communities still separated by
physical barriers. It is no coincidence that the poorest
neighbourhoods in Belfast continue to be those located in
and around interfaces and flashpoint areas. Therefore this
programme also focuses on addressing the diseconomies
of segregation.

We have a unique history of pioneering voluntary and
community action. We will continue to invest in supporting
the community and voluntary sector and local groups and
organisations, which play a vital role in supporting our
local communities and improving quality of life.

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 Neighbourhood investment
 Over the next three years we will:

 • invest £5 million in our new Local Investment Fund
   To support local regeneration projects and improve quality of life in our neighbourhoods. This fund will attract
   and complement other private and public sector funding streams including the OFMDFM’s £80 million Social
   Investment Fund, DSD’s Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and Sports NI Community Capital programme for sports
   facilities.
 • invest in our neighbourhood playgrounds, parks and open spaces
   We manage more than 70 children’s playgrounds and are committed to making these accessible and inclusive to
   children of various abilities. Over the next three years we will invest £2 million in refurbishing and maintaining these
   facilities, starting with five of our playgrounds at Finlay, Alexandra (Upper), Highfield, Marrowbone and Glassmullin.
   They will be completely refurbished and we will replace older playground equipment in five other sites at Grampian
   Avenue, Ligoniel, Knocknagoney, Alderman Tommy Patton Memorial Park and Lenadoon. We will also maximise
   community involvement in the redevelopment of parks (such as Dunville and Woodvale) and other open spaces
   across the city to improve the benefit to local people.
 • invest £1.5 million in delivering our Renewing the Routes programme
   We will deliver Phase III of our innovative and award-winning Renewing the Routes programme. Over 50
   environmental, commercial and heritage improvement schemes will be delivered in this phase.
 • deal with dilapidated and derelict buildings
   The economic downturn has seen an increase in the number of derelict and dilapidated buildings across
   Belfast. We will take positive action on a number of these properties and improve them to help regenerate
   local areas.

 Positive relations and shared space
 Over the next three years we will:
 • roll out £4 million EU PEACE III funding to support local community programmes
   to reinforce our on-going work to build positive relations with a focus on tackling
   sectarianism and racism;
 • provide £1.4 million of this to focus on a youth engagement, intervention and
   tension monitoring initiative aimed at breaking the cycle of youth involvement in
   interface violence and reducing community tensions;
 • create an interfaces regeneration strategy to support and advocate for affected
   communities to regenerate those neighbourhoods whilst safely and sensitively
   working towards reducing barriers; and
 • continue to implement the actions in our Good Relations Plan to: secure shared
   city space, transform contested space, develop shared cultural space, build
   shared organisational space and continue to assess all of our activity in terms of its
                                                                                              Available on our website:
   contribution to our equality and good relations objectives.
                                                                                   www.belfastcity.gov.uk/goodrelations

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Reduce inequalities and tackle disadvantage
Over the next three years we will implement the actions in our
Poverty and Social Inequalities Framework which include:

• ensuring our services are accessible,
• targeting our resources more effectively,
• working in partnership with other lead government
  departments to deliver on the ground projects that
  will support citizens,
• advocating for the people of Belfast who are
  experiencing poverty and inequalities,
• continuing our work on reducing fuel poverty and our
  fuel stamps initiative, and
• working with Land and Property Services to maximise
  uptake of rates relief.

Tackle health inequalities
Over the next three years we will:

• deliver £3.5 million of health and well-being
  programmes to tackle health inequalities
  through the Active Belfast Partnership (the
  Public Health Agency, the Belfast Health Trust,
  DSD and Sports NI) including:
  - better use of local parks and leisure
      facilities including promoting free access to
      leisure centres for those people in the most
      deprived areas;
  - the creation of more community gardens
      and allotments, the development of a
      ‘Growing Your Own’ food programme; and
  - the further roll-out of outdoor gyms.
• work with partners on the Belfast Strategic
  Partnership to deliver the actions in the
  Framework for Action on Addressing Life
  Inequalities, including joint work on mental
  health, alcohol and drug related health issues,
  life-long learning and early years.

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