J3674 : The Connswater, Mersey Street, Belfast (1 in 2014)

taken 8 years ago, near to Sydenham, Ballymacarret, Ballyhackamore, Queens Island and Ormeau, Northern Ireland

The Connswater, Mersey Street, Belfast (1 in 2014)
The Connswater, Mersey Street, Belfast (1 in 2014)
10.53 – the Connswater, already well above its usual level, looking downstream from the Mersey Street bridge. Note the line of sandbags along the path. For comparison see J3674 : The Connswater, Mersey Street, Belfast.
Connswater flood alert, Belfast (3-5 January 2014)

A series of photographs, taken along the tidal Connswater between the Ropeworks and Victoria Park, in the period before high water Belfast, on 3-5 January 2014. A flood alert had been issued by the police (acting on behalf of several Government bodies): “There is the potential for flooding in Belfast. Areas identified as high risk at this time are Sydenham and around the Docks area. We would ask residents in Sydenham to consider making preparations for potential flooding in the area. We will be working to provide assistance for those who may be affected . . . . . . As an update following the most recent meteorological forecast reports for Sydenham we anticipate that a number of specific streets in the lower Sydenham area will most likely experience some flooding later today (Friday 3 January). Police will be contacting individual houses affected this morning. An advice centre in the Inverary community centre has been opened”.
A higher than usual spring tide was predicted for 12.11 with the water level expected to rise 3.9 metres above chart datum (about eleven inches above the usual spring tide) backed by strong to gale-force winds and heavy rain.
In the event, although the river reached a very high level on 3 January there was no flooding.

The Connswater Greenway, Belfast

A major project involving a neglected river running through east Belfast. Officially described as: “The Connswater Community Greenway is a £32 million investment in East Belfast. The project has been developed by the East Belfast Partnership and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Belfast City Council and the Department for Social Development.
The Connswater Community Greenway will create a 9km [5½ miles] linear park through East Belfast, following the course of the Connswater, Knock and Loop Rivers, connecting the open and green spaces and remediating the Connswater River itself. The Greenway will reconnect the communities of East Belfast and restore the rivers as community assets. It will create vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation and community events and activities”.

An announcement, on 2 July 2013, included the following “Summer 2013 construction of the first phase of the Connswater Community Greenway Project will begin with work taking place in Orangefield and Victoria Parks. One of the key elements of work in Victoria Park is a new bridge link from Victoria Park to Airport Road”.

An official press release dated 19 August 2014 contains the following: “The final phase of the Connswater Community Greenway will begin later this year and will include; a C.S. Lewis themed public square at Holywood Arches, public art, new play areas, improvements to the rivers, flood defences, lighting, benches, landscaping, planting and 13kms of new paths for walking and cycling.”
This is the link to the official Connswater Greenway website LinkExternal link

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