Retailers fear new Glider routes would hit trade, deliveries and car parking
Retailers in north and south Belfast are concerned that the proposed new Glider routes would affect deliveries and result in loss of trade and car parking, according to Retail NI.
The findings come in an independent report commissioned by Retail NI in which leading transport consultant Karen McShane investigated the proposed routes and their impact on local traders.
Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts urged Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon to meet with traders on the proposed routes and agree a way forward that would allay their fears.
“Following representation from our members in North and South Belfast who have expressed concern about customer and delivery access to their stores, we commissioned Karen McShane undertake an independent study of the Glider extension,” he said.
“The report highlights concerns of traders about deliveries, potential loss of trade and car parking. Retail NI is very clear that no small business should in any way be disadvantaged by the proposed Glider routes.”
“The Infrastructure Minister needs to meet with traders on the proposed routes and agree a way forward which will allay their fears.”
Chris O’Reilly Chair of the Ormeau Road Business Association said: “There is considerable concern amongst our members about the Gilder extension and the impact it will have on their businesses. All options should be on the table for proposed Gilder routes in South Belfast and we would strongly encourage that the Department for Infrastructure re-examine them.”
“The Minister needs to listen to genuine concerns of local traders with proposed scheme.”
Paul Carlin, Chair of the Antrim Road Traders Association said: “We welcome an examination of better infrastructure for the north of the City, although the small business community have worries over accommodation for specific access to their business and we hope that this will be examined before any work goes ahead.”
A copy of the report can be found at www.retailni.com.