The South West Gateway Masterplan, commissioned by The Department for Social
Development working alongside Belfast City Council, South and West Belfast Partnership
Boards and other partners, will identify a range of strategic actions for the regeneration of one
of Belfast’s most important economic areas.
“The South West area of Belfast is a vital node of economic and social activity within the City.
It is now time, over the next 14 weeks, for people from the local communities, businesses and
wider public to have their say on this vision,” said Minister for Social Development for
Northern Ireland, Mervyn Storey.
Briege Arthurs, CEO of South Belfast Partnership, welcomed the innovative use of digital
technology to this project adding, “South Belfast is renowned for leading innovation within the
creative and digital industries sector. I am delighted to to welcome Placespeak to carry out
their pilot in my area.
The results of this pilot will provide us with a series of views which can
be authenticated back to its place. This is a great opportunity for local people and
businesses to speak and I would urge everyone to become involved. “
“From its inception, PlaceSpeak understood the importance of engaging citizens in decisions
that affect them to generate verifiable, location based evidence.
The principles of
accessibility and inclusivity, transparency, respect, diversity and integrity are the foundation of
strong democracies. We have embraced them at PlaceSpeak and are delighted that the
Government of Northern Ireland has joined us, ” says CEO and Founder Colleen Hardwick.