The name of the Lagan Gateway in Belfast will be chosen by the public


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Members of the public are invited to submit their ideas for the name of the new bridge over the Lagan River which will open this summer.

The new bridge in south Belfast is part of Belfast City Council’s £ 5.2million Lagan Gateway project.

It saw the renovation of the Stranmillis Weir and the creation of a new navigation lock, which will reopen part of a waterway built in the 1800s to connect Belfast and Lough Neagh.

Ahead of its reopening later this year, the council is asking members of the public to submit name ideas online by May 30, before a public vote on a finalized final list.

Belfast Mayor Alderman Frank McCoubrey said: “There has already been tremendous interest in the new bridge which will improve connections between communities in south Belfast and reduce congestion on the Lagan towpath by opening up the other side of the river. .

“We’ve received a lot of messages from people suggesting potential names, so it felt right that we post them and let them name the new bridge. Once all the initial suggestions have been gathered, a committee will meet to consider them. They will then agree on a shortlist of four names that we will submit to the public vote between June 14 and June 30, with the most popular name selected.

Belfast City Council is investing £ 2.15million in the Lagan Gateway project, with additional funding provided by Ulster Garden Villages, the Department for Communities and the Department for Infrastructure.

For more information, to submit your name suggestions, and to vote on the shortlist of names once they have been selected, visit yoursay.belfastcity.gov.uk

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