Northern Ireland

Connswater Greenway Plan contracts under threat

Cycle paths
Image caption The plan would create new cycle paths through the heart of east Belfast

The BBC understands that Belfast City Council's relationship with contractors on a major construction project have become so bad that mutual cancellation of the contract is being considered.

Last month, it was revealed that the £32m Connswater Community Greenway plan had run into difficulties.

An agenda from a meeting between the council and the contractors state there is a lack of mutual trust.

The greenway would stretch from the Castlereagh Hills to Victoria Park.

Last November, the two firms SIAC NI Ltd and Galliford Try Infrastructure won a contract to build walkways, bridges and cycle paths for the project.

Issues such as land access and design appear to be at the heart of the dispute.

Mutual termination of the contract is one of a number of options being considered.

As well as the council, the scheme has been backed by two Stormont departments and the Big Lottery Fund.

East Belfast MP Naomi Long said there was huge support for the project in her constituency.

She added: "People simply now want to see progress being made.

"I hope that between the client and the contractor, that will be able to be delivered to everyone's satisfaction."

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