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Braniel lands £14k for re-imaging programme

The Braniel estate has secured a £13,750 grant for a re-imaging project.

The Braniel Community Association secured the grant from the Arts Council and the groundwork for the scheme is set to begin in early 2011.

The project will include a welcome feature and entrance to the estate.

David Park, from the association, said: “In the new year we'll be advertising that we're doing workshops for people to come to discuss the welcome feature and entrance.”

Once the community has approved the design it will be all systems go for the new look entrance.

He added: “We also have plans to turn the bowling green into a five-a-side pitch. All the bowlers have left and we want to put the area to good use.”

On Saturday, December 18, residents, community workers and politicians celebrated the securing of the funds at a Christmas party held in the Braniel community centre for local children.

“One man even donated all the sausages for the hot dogs and the Lord Mayor chipped in too. I have to say everyone has done very well and it's all voluntary and just to help the Braniel area. It's definitely an area on the up,” added Mr Park.

UUP councillor Michael Copeland said: “This group has been particularly effective in working with all political parties in Castlereagh Borough Council, and the statutory agencies, in making sure the needs of the Braniel community are properly and adequately taken care of.”

Ulster Unionist MLA Sir Reg Empey said: “Congratulations to the local community on braving the elements to make this event a success.

“It is good to let the community see the great work that is being done in the Braniel. Hopefully the group will learn from what residents say and show an acting and strong determination.”

Sir Reg also said that there needed to be a focus on children.

“If the community is working together it will show children and young people they are not isolated,” he said.

“They will be working together. That will help them in the future, in their careers.”

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