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£1.5m to address decay and dereliction – Derry and Portrush proof positive of scheme success

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today welcomed the £1.5m funding boost to address dereliction in our towns and cities. 

These funds are used to enhance the environment, get rid of dereliction and in turn boost tourism and local trade.

The additional money was confirmed by the Finance Minister in the Assembly two weeks ago as part of the June Monitoring round. The DOE Minister had made a bid for £1.5 million.

Alex Attwood said: “This dereliction funding scheme grows from strength to strength. Money pumped into Portrush and Portstewart gave a welcome boost before last year’s Irish Open. Similarly Derry benefitted from a significant improvement in advance of the City of Culture as did Fermanagh in the weeks preceding the G8 summit. Already £2m has been spent in nine council areas including Belfast. Many more can now do so. 

“This is a project of increasing significance. Tourists will be put off by eyesores. If we deal with dereliction, vacant properties and abandoned building sites, we create the opportunity to attract local investment and tourists. So for the councils who will receive allocation, I urge them to “press on” and I will continue to bid for in year monies to take forward this successful scheme.

“This investment is also for the people of the area. They will have the character of their built environment improved.” 

Notes to editors:

1. The councils that will receive funding will be:

· Ballymena – 160k
· Armagh – 45k
· Ballymoney – 100k
· Larne – 160k
· Coleraine – 140k
· Carrick – 100k
· Cookstown – 120k
· Newry and Mourne – 80k
· Omagh – 120k
· Strabane – 200k
· Antrim – 70k
· Dungannon – 17k
· Newtownabbey – 80k
· Banbridge – 50k
· Castlereagh – 30k

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