£2.4m facelift for the 'Dee
A scheme to transform the image of and attract visitors to Donaghadee has been given the green-light by Social Development minister Nelson McCausland.
A total of £2.4 million has been allocated for work to begin on a public realm scheme that aims to enhance the town centre and seafront and make it more attractive for visitors to shop and spend time.
Work is expected to begin next month on developing a detailed design for the area and launching a public consultation process.
Chairman of the Donaghadee Town Steering Group, councillor Tom Smith said that it was excellent news that the scheme was moving forward.
"This is a tremendous step forward and a much needed investment in Donaghadee's infrastructure", he said.
"Hopefully this project, when completed, will help promote Donaghadee as a good place to live, a vibrant town to visit and a great place in which to do business".
The scheme which will cover Shore Street, New Street, Bridge Street, the Parade and High Street areas of the town and is being jointly funded by the Department of Social Development and Ards Borough Council.
Launching the scheme Mr McCausland (pictured) said the considerable investment highlighted his ongoing commitment to the regeneration of Donaghadee.
"The scheme has been designed to make the most of Donaghadee's natural assets and beauty, and to make the town centre and seafront much more attractive to both locals and visitors as a place to shop and spend time, he said.
"This investment will make a significant contribution to improving the fortunes of the town by attracting visitors to the area and encouraging private sector investment."
Mayor of Ards Stephen McIlveen added: "This investment by DSD and the council will transform the visual appearance of the town centres, enhancing their appeal as places to visit and shop, with the associated positive economic impact. I look forward now to seeing the designs developed and finalised and to work beginning."
Work is scheduled to commence in the Spring of 2014 and be completed by July 2015.