Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Minister follows the money to Kilcooley

David Whelan

cteditorial@thect.co.uk

A total of £3.25m has been invested into the Kilcooley estate in Bangor by the Department of Social Development.

Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland last week announced additional funding of £250,000 on top of the initial £3m as he visited some of the estate's regeneration projects.

Mr McCausland was welcomed to the estate by the mayor of North Down, Councillor Wesley Irvine, and Cecil Wilson, chair of Kilcooley Community Forum before visiting the new allotments, part of the £90,000 Healthy Living Centre Project.

The Forum's business advisor Jim Russell said they hoped the project would provide work place opportunities for people across a wide spectrum of care.

At Kilcooley Primary School he was met by Alison Blayney, director of Kilcooley Women's Centre and given a tour of the new playground before meeting Mark Gordon, community development manager, and invited guests.

Mr McCausland said: "These new projects, which represent an investment of £250,000, will help to address health, training and employability needs in this area and will provide enhanced and education and recreation facilities for young people attending Kilcooley Primary School.

"They are excellent examples of joined up working involving a range of public sector partners working with community representatives to make a difference to the lives of residents living in areas of disadvantage," he added.

Among those to welcome the Minister's visit was DUP MLA Alex Easton. He said: "I feel it is important that the community in Kilcooley show the vital work they do and deliver for the health and wellbeing of the community. It also gives the opportunity to show off the excellent facilities that Kilcooley Primary School has to offer children in the local area with their new play equipment."

"I would like to praise those in the Kilcooley Community Forum for organising the visit and would urge them to keep up their good work and encourage them to work with everyone to help deliver the best for Kilcooley and our community wish we all care greatly about!"

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