Public Consultation on Lighting the Comber Greenway

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Consultation opened on 16 August 2021. Closing date 30 September 2021 at 17:00.

Summary

The purpose of this public consultation is to gather views and comments as to whether lighting should be provided on the Comber Greenway and, if so, whether it should be provided on the urban part of the greenway (Ravenscroft Avenue – Billy Neill Halt) or along the whole length to Comber.

Consultation description

The Comber Greenway is a 6.5 mile shared use path almost entirely along the route of the former Belfast and County Down Railway between Ravenscroft Avenue car park, Belfast and Belfast Road, Comber.  Since its construction in 2008, there has been no lighting on the greenway along the majority of its length.  This means that the greenway has limited use during the darker times of the year.

The proposal we are consulting on takes into account the ecological nature of the greenway.  It is proposed that the environmentally sensitive lighting would operate during the hours of darkness and be switched off between 12 midnight and 5.00 am.

We welcome your views

The Department is seeking your views.  The final decision will be shaped by a variety of factors, including costs and available resources.  However, the views and comments of local people and those who have a stake in the use and development of the greenway are key considerations in the decision making process.

Details of the consultation can be accessed at the following link:

https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/dfi-active-travel-branch/lighting-of-the-comber-greenway

Consultation opens on 16 August 2021. Closing date 30 September 2021 at 17:00.

If requested, the Department for Infrastructure may be obliged to release the details of any comments or submissions received.  Details of this requirement are provided below.

The Freedom of Information Act gives the public a right of access to recorded information held by a public authority, namely the Department in this case.  This right of access includes information provided in response to a consultation.  The Department has the responsibility to decide whether any information provided in response to this consultation should be made public.  This will not include information about your identity if you are responding in an individual, private capacity.  If you do not wish any other information provided by you to be made public please include an explanation in your response.

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