Victoria (District Electoral Area)
District Electoral Area
Map showing Victoria wards within Belfast
|Area||20.2 km2 (7.8 sq mi)|
|Population||36,607 (2008 Estimate)|
|• Density||1,812/km2 (4,690/sq mi)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Northern Ireland|
Located in the east of the city, the district elected seven members to Belfast City Council and contained the wards of Ballyhackamore; Belmont; Cherryvalley; Island; Knock; Stormont; and Sydenham. Victoria, along with wards from the neighbouring Pottinger district and Castlereagh Borough Council, formed the Belfast East constituency for the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Parliament.
The district was bounded to the west by the Victoria Channel, to the north by Belfast Lough, to the northeast by North Down Borough Council, to the south and east by Castlereagh Borough Council and to the southwest by the Newtownards Road.
The DEA was created for the 1985 local elections as the successor to the former Area B, which all seven wards in the new Victoria had been part of. An eighth ward, Bloomfield, which had been in Area B, was placed in the new Pottinger electoral area. It was abolished in 2015, making way for the new DEAs that were used for the 2014 local elections. It was largely replaced by the new Ormiston District Electoral Area. Five of Victoria's wards joined Ormiston, with the Sydenham ward and the areas which had been part of the abolished Island ward becoming part of the new Titanic District Electoral Area.
The district contained many key pieces of Belfast's transport infrastructure, including George Best Belfast City Airport and the eastern portion of Belfast Harbour. The area is served by the Bridge End and Sydenham railway stations and the A2 and A20 major road routes. The district is also home to Parliament Buildings, the meeting place of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Victoria was once the site of much of Belfast's heavy industrial manufacturing facilities, however these have suffered a significant decline since the mid-twentieth century, although companies such as Short Brothers and Harland and Wolff continue to have significant operations in the area.
Former BCDR mainline
The Belfast and County Down Railway had a mainline through Knock railway station which linked Belfast direct to Downpatrick railway station as well as to Newcastle, County Down, there was also the branch from Comber railway station to Newtownards and Donaghadee. The minline opened in 1850 was closed in 1950 by the Ulster Transport Authority.
The Titanic Quarter is a major economic and cultural regeneration programme that is centred on Queen's Island and the former Harland and Wolff shipyard. The project has seen the construction of new hotels, apartment blocks and business facilities, with a number of high-profile relocations, including the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. The area has also become a centre for learning and research with the opening of the Catalyst Inc, in addition to Belfast Metropolitan College moving one of its key city centre campuses to the Quarter, while Queen's University Belfast have also located their Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) within the Science Park. The Quarter's name comes from the RMS Titanic which was constructed in the old shipyard, with a number of projects aimed at exploiting the tourism value of the Titanic's connection to Belfast, including the Samson and Goliath cranes used to construct the ship and the Paint Hall.
Other amenities in the Victoria district electoral area include:
- Ashfield Boys' High School
- Campbell College
- The Comber Greenway, a 7-mile (11 km) traffic-free section of the National Cycle Network, along the old Belfast-Comber railway line
- HMS Caroline
- Holywood Exchange, a major retail development
- Odyssey Arena, a major entertainment complex
- Our Lady and St. Patrick's College, Knock
- The Oval Stadium, home ground of Glentoran F.C.
- Stormont Estate
|Catholic||Protestant||Other||No Religion||Area||Density||NI Assembly||UK Parliament||Ref|
|1||Ballyhackamore||5,939||17.2%||68.2%||1.9%||12.7%||1.15 km2||5,164 /km2||Belfast East||Belfast East|||
|2||Belmont||6,165||8.6%||80.6%||1%||9.8%||1.79 km2||3,444 /km2||Belfast East||Belfast East|||
|3||Cherryvalley||5,920||14.5%||75.3%||0.8%||9.4%||1.99 km2||2,975 /km2||Belfast East||Belfast East|||
|4||Island||5,014||13.9%||69.8%||4.6%||11.8%||3.81 km2||1,316 /km2||Belfast East||Belfast East|||
|5||Knock||4,827||9.1%||79.7%||1.2%||10%||1.12 km2||4,310 /km2||Belfast East||Belfast East|||
|6||Stormont||5,548||12.9%||75.6%||1.3%||10.2%||7.04 km2||788 /km2||Belfast East||Belfast East|||
|7||Sydenham||4,874||9.9%||76%||1.8%||12.3%||6.24 km2||781 /km2||Belfast East||Belfast East|||
|Victoria||38,287||12.4%||75%||1.7%||10.8%||23.14 km2||1,655 /km2|
|Tom Haire |
|David Rodway |
|Alan Crowe |
|Alan Crowe |
|Tommy Patton |
|1989||A F H Montgomery |
|G P C Thompson
|Dorothy Dunlop |
|Belfast City Council elections, 2011|
|Green (NI)||Ross Campbell||315|
|NI Conservatives||Garry Crosbie||103|
|Alliance gain from Ulster Unionist|
- Belfast City Council
- Electoral wards of Belfast
- Local government in Northern Ireland
- Members of Belfast City Council
- Belfast Victoria (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)
- Belfast Victoria (UK Parliament constituency)
- Final Northern Ireland super council recommendations, BBC News, 13 December 2013, accessed 24 May 2014
- Map Archived 2016-05-05 at the Wayback Machine from the District Electoral Areas Commissioner Maps page Archived 2016-05-05 at the Wayback Machine. See District Electoral Areas Commissioner page Archived 2016-05-05 at the Wayback Machine
- "Ward Information for Ballyhackamore ward 95GG03". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- "Ward Information for Belmont ward 95GG09". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- "Ward Information for Cherryvalley ward 95GG15". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- "Ward Information for Island ward 95GG29". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- "Ward Information for Knock ward 95GG30". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- "Ward Information for Stormont ward 95GG41". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- "Ward Information for Sydenham ward 95GG43". NISRA. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- Elections 2011: Victoria, Belfast City Council