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Enniskillen town centre in £233k facelift for G8

An extra £233,000 has been given to Enniskillen to help spruce up its town centre ahead of the G8 Summit.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland made the grant to Fermanagh District Council.

His department said the funding will be used for painting and signage and retailer training to make the area more attractive to visitors ahead of the June event which will see world leaders come to Lough Erne.

“This project will ensure the reinvigoration of Enniskillen town centre. It will enable businesses and property owners within the town centre to make improvements which will create a brighter and more vibrant streetscape to attract shoppers and visitors,” said Mr McCausland.

“In these difficult trading times it is essential that town centres appear as attractive and welcoming as possible. In June, the eyes of the world will be on Enniskillen and this project will strengthen the physical retail core of the town by improving its appearance.

"In addition, the training package for retailers will develop and enhance their marketing and promotion skills thus making Enniskillen town centre more appealing to customers and visitors.”

Fermanagh District Council chairman Thomas O’Reilly said: “Fermanagh District Council is delighted to have received funding towards the revitalisation of Enniskillen.

"This will address the poor physical and unattractive appearance of properties through funding to improve building facades and make Enniskillen more attractive for not only Fermanagh residents, but for those visitors who will come to shop and do business in this unique town.”

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