Monday, 24 November 2014

PlaceSpeak announces the launch of its first UK consultation topic in Belfast

PlaceSpeak Limited announced today the launch of its first UK consultation topic in Belfast, NI ­ The South West Gateway Masterplan ­ conducted by the South Belfast Partnership. The pilot project can be viewed at

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.