Belfast City Council - looking after your city Winter 2007
5 We’re on the move
6 Wellbeing under one
11 Ditch the dirt
13 Celebrated citizens:
Rev Ray Davey OBE
15 Christmas shopping
21 What’s on
26 Lily the lion
29 Rise and shine, it’s
32 Recycling at Ormeau
34 Get fit in 30
42 A to Z of council
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Tel: 9032 0202
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This edition of City Matters includes advertising and promotional editorial from:
University of Ulster www.ulster.ac.uk/improve 028 9036 6920
Sport Northern www.sportni.net/activeplaces Ireland
The Ulster Orches-www.ulster-orchestra.org.uk 028 9066 8798 tra
The Corrymeela www.corrymeela.org 028 9050 8080 Community
Energy Savings www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/northernireland 0800 512012 Trust
Young People‟s Awards www.saferbelfast.org
Environment and www.ehsni.gov.uk/events Heritage Service
Royal Mail www.royalmail.com 08457 740740
Northern Ireland www.niwater.com 0845 744 0088
Belfast City Centre www.belfastcentre.com 028 9024 2111 Management
Belfast Metropolitan www.belfastmet.ac.uk 028 9026 5000 College
Belfast City Council advertising
Recycling centres www.belfastcity.gov.uk/waste 0800 0328 100
Parks Events www.belfastcity.gov.uk/parks 028 9066 2259 Grants Scheme
Good Relations www.belfastcity.gov.uk/goodrelations 028 9032 0202
St George‟s Market www.belfastcity.gov.uk/markets 028 9043 5704
Hazard Hunter www.belfastcity.gov.uk/hazardhunter 028 9032 0202
Anti-litter campaign www.belfastcity.gov.uk/environment 028 9032 0202
Welcome to the winter edition of City Matters.
You‟ll find plenty of seasonal cheer in this issue including the chance to win a trip
to a luxury spa in our competition on page 14. Enter our free community safety
competition on page 12 to win a home security alarm (worth up to ?600).
We‟ve highlighted some of the fantastic events taking place in the city this winter,
not forgetting our event on 20 November, when Zöe Salmon will switch on the
And page 38 will tell you all you need to know about bin collections over the
It‟s the first time City Matters has featured advertising and information from other
public sector organisations. This means it doesn‟t cost our ratepayers anything
and has the added advantage of bringing more information to you. Let us know
your thoughts by completing the Your Views section on page 15.
Happy Christmas to all our readers and don‟t forget to recycle your copy of City
Helping you get active
If you would like to become more active, then log on to the Sport Northern Ireland website.
The site links to Active Places NI, an extensive online database of sports facilities across Northern Ireland.
As well as helping you find out where to get fit locally, it offers specific details on both council facilities and club and commercial venues, including:
? swimming pools,
? health and fitness centres,
? golf courses, and
? water sports centres.
Each facility has an information page containing further details, such as available activities and opening times.
Active Places NI allows you to search in a number of ways. You can browse an interactive map, look for facilities in your local area, or simply enter the venue details to find out more.
So whether it‟s football or fitness you‟re after, you‟ll find all the venue details online.
Log on to www.sportni.net/activeplaces for information on sports facilities near
We're on the move
Belfast City Hall is closed so that we can carry out important refurbishment
work. The grounds will stay open for visitors and events like our popular
Christmas Continental Market. We aim to reopen the building in 2009.
Our administrative offices including Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil
Partnerships and the Cemeteries and Crematorium Central Office have moved
24-26 Adelaide Street
Our telephone numbers remain the same:
Switchboard: 9032 0202
Births, Deaths, Marriages and Civil Partnerships: 9027 0274
Cemeteries and Crematorium Central Office: 9027 0296
For all enquiries:
telephone: 9032 0202
text phone: 9027 0405
fax: 9072 6423
Log on to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/cityhall
Wellbeing under one roof
Work is well under way on the new Grove Wellbeing Centre near the site of the old
Grove Leisure Centre on the Shore Road in north Belfast.
The ?18.2 million multi-agency project comprising leisure, health and education
facilities is due for completion next spring.
It‟s a unique collaboration between three government bodies: Belfast City Council,
Belfast Education and Library Board and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
All three have been involved in the design, funding and operation of the new centre.
It brings the elements of wellbeing - fitness, health and lifelong learning - together
under one roof.
The Grove Wellbeing Centre will provide a number of services and facilities for
Leisure facilities will include:
? 25 metre pool and toddlers‟ pool,
? fitness suite,
? multi-purpose sports hall,
? two activity areas,
? ten pin bowling,
? soft play area, and
? recreation facilities.
Health facilities will include:
? nine GPs serving 140,000 patients,
? occupational therapy,
? pharmacy, and
? a day centre for the elderly.
Learning facilities will include:
? a full range of library services, and
? a computer suite with access to the Internet, CDs and DVDs.
For more information go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/grovewellbeing
Safe cooking at Christmas
Many people worry about the daunting task of cooking Christmas dinner. For
guidance on how to cook your turkey safely, log on to our website.
It includes advice on defrosting times, cooking times and general hygiene.
Go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/foodsafety
The Ulster Orchestra
This year‟s Ulster Orchestra concerts are once again packed full of wonderful
music and international soloists. Whether it‟s Bryn Terfel, the biggest-selling
opera singer in the world, or Sir James Galway, there‟s something for everyone.
The festive season brings the ever-popular Snowman family concerts and
Handel‟s Messiah. And not forgetting the Johann Strauss Galas, with Camilla
Dallerup and Ian Waite from BBC‟s Strictly Come Dancing.
Other concerts include:
? Barry Norman‟s film music evening,
? Carmina Burana,
? Tchaikovsky with Nikolai Demidenko, and
? Verdi‟s Requiem with the 200 voices of the Belfast Philharmonic and the
Guinness Choir from Dublin
It‟s easy to see why the tickets are flying out the box office door!
Call the Ulster Orchestra box office on 9066 8798 or go to www.ulster-
Kidz get fit
It‟s now easier than ever for kids to get fit at our Falls and Shankill Leisure
Both have new „Kidzfit‟ gyms, designed for children. And to make sure our
young users receive a complete workout, trained coaches are there to take
them through special Kidzfit activity programmes.
Kidzfit is aimed at 8-15 year olds. It promotes interaction and can help in-
crease confidence, motivation and social skills. It also educates young people
on the importance of healthy living and exercise.
Local youth groups such as Newhill Football Club, West Belfast Youth Project
and the Greater Shankill Sports Committee are already queuing up to use the
And both centres are getting local schools involved in a junior fitness pro-
gramme. As well as providing a new source of enjoyment for these children,
they want to help lower obesity levels.
For more information on Kidzfit, contact Falls Leisure Centre on 9050 0510,
Shankill Leisure Centre on 9091 8750 or log on to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/leisure
Inspired by our youth
Our Young People‟s Awards recognise that many youths are working hard to create a better Belfast. Partners in the awards include the Belfast Community Safety Partnership, our Youth Forum and the Thomas Devlin Trust.
The scheme supports projects which tackle issues like:
? drug, substance and alcohol abuse,
? vandalism and graffiti,
? good relations, and
? community safety.
One of last year‟s winners was a group from west Belfast which designed and
painted a mural, following the tragic suicide of their friend Christopher (Dimebar) McStravick-McKenny.
„Dimebar‟s mural‟ displays suicide and drug helpline numbers along with an image of Christopher.
If you know any young people whose work has a positive impact on the local community, nominate them for the Young People‟s Awards 2008. But hurry - the
closing date is 13 December 2007.
For nomination forms please contact Aileen Turley, on 9027 0469 or go to
Ecodriving means driving more efficiently. And the Energy Saving Trust has calculated that it could save you up to ?120 a year in petrol or diesel.
It also helps the environment as your car produces less carbon dioxide, the main gas contributing to climate change.
Adopting an ecodriving style is easy and the Energy Saving Trust has laid out some straightforward steps on its website.
? avoiding sharp acceleration and heavy braking;
? using air conditioning sparingly;
? driving at the most efficient speed for your car (typically 55 - 65mph);
? avoiding short journeys;
? planning your journeys to avoid congestion; and
? checking your tyre pressure regularly.
To find out more log on to
For more information on saving energy in the home, renewable technology
and low carbon transport log on to
www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/northernireland or contact the advice
centre free on 0800 512 012.
Since Northern Ireland became smokefree in April, smokers are going outside to
light up. This has increased the amount of cigarette litter, so we‟ve appointed
three extra litter wardens for a year to help tackle the problem.
Cigarette butts are litter. And like other littering offences, stubbing out on the
street could land you with a ?50 fixed penalty. Last year alone, we issued almost
1,300 littering fines. Our new recruits will enable us to keep an even closer eye
on littering and help keep our streets clean and tidy.
For more information contact our Enforcement Section on 9027 0230 or visit
Free Pocket ashtrays
To minimise litter, smokers should dispose of cigarette ends responsibly.
Many city centre buildings now have ashtrays outside and there are metal
trays on top of most litter bins so you can stub out your butts before binning
And to make it even easier, we‟re giving away free „stubbies‟. These handy
pocket ashtrays allow you to extinguish your cigarettes wherever you are.
To get your free „stubbi‟, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on
9032 0202 ext. 5377.
Ditch the dirt