Representatives at the meeting included city centre businesses, churches, community organisations, a number of government agencies and other stakeholders.
Councillor Uel Mackin, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking at the event, said: “As a collective the stakeholders want to see a city centre which works for our local economy and society both now and in the future. Everyone is aware that neither trends in increased online shopping nor the usage of retail parks are going away; and both have an important role to play in offering consumers choice and competition.
“Our city centre can offer so much more as a bustling hub for the community, where people can gather for cultural, entertainment and social activities as well as shopping, eating, and evening activities. Over the past year there have been a series of events held in the Market Square area designed to bring the local community together and we expect this trend to continue.”
The council and other stakeholders present at the Forum are keen to work together to support growth by increasing footfall to the city centre. All the stakeholders present identified the main issues and how particular actions might deliver more positive outcomes.
Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive added: “Under its Community Planning remit the council wanted to give everyone involved the opportunity to discuss how a co-ordinated approach could be developed to achieve common aims for the city centre.
“We will continue to partner with our stakeholders and give a commitment to do all we can to support and grow our city centre, both now and in the future,” she concluded.
To avail of the consultation opportunities for the Local Development Plan visit the council website www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk