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Durkan announces over £600,000 to tackle eyesores

Stormont Executive press release - Department of the Environment

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today announced £605,000 to tackle decay and dereliction at sites across the North.

Many derelict sites and properties will benefit, be it a facelift for the run down North Street/ Donegall Street/ Royal Avenue area, improvements to the town centres of Newtownards and Comber or removal of eyesores from main arterial routes around Rostrevor, Warrenpoint and the Antrim Coast Road.

This brings the total to over £4million pounds for such projects since the Dereliction Intervention Programme began. These have already benefited Portrush in the run up to the Irish Open Golf tournament, Fermanagh prior to hosting G8 and Derry for its year as the City of Culture amongst many others.

The £605,000 will be divided between six council areas:

· £220,000 for Belfast.

· £111,000 for Newtownards and Comber.

· £102,000 for North Down.

· £80,000 for Newry, Rostrevor, Warrenpoint, Crossmaglen and Kilkeel.

· £53,000 for Newtownabbey. 

· £39,000 for Larne, Islandmagee, Glenarm and Carnlough.

These councils have plans in place to push forward with this work in the near future.

Mark H Durkan said: “This funding will enhance these areas, removing eyesores along key coastal areas and in our towns and cities, boosting tourism and helping our economy. I have seen at first hand, particularly in my home town of Derry, the good work that this dereliction funding can do so I was keen to continue it. This is why, in addition to the £500,000 provided by the Executive in the January Monitoring Round, I have provided a supplement of £100,000 from my own Department’s funds.

“I congratulate the councils who secured funding in this round and commend the efforts of all those who applied. Unfortunately not every bid could be successful but I encourage all councils to continue to submit quality bids so that I can continue to look for funding opportunities to tackle decay and dereliction.

“It is my aim to create a better environment and a stronger economy. This funding does exactly this by enhancing our environment, encouraging tourism and strengthening our economy.”

Notes to editors:

1. Belfast City Council will receive £220,000 for properties around the North Street/ Donegall Street/ Royal Avenue area and both facades around the entrance to old North Street Arcade will be given a facelift. 

2. Ards Borough Council will receive £111,000, which will improve town centre properties in South Street and Court Street in Newtownards, and two properties in the centre of Comber

3. The £102,000 allocated to North Down Borough Council will provide a face-lift for the run-down Gray’s Hill area which leads to Bangor Marina and town.

4. Newry and Mourne District Council will be given £80,000, which will be used to improve individual derelict properties on arterial routes or near town centres in Rostrevor, Warrenpoint Crossmaglen and Kilkeel, as well as in the Canal Street and Mill Street areas of Newry.

5. Newtownabbey Borough Council’s £53,000 will be directed at severely dilapidated properties on the Shore Road.

6. Larne Borough Council’s £39,000 will be directed at sites near or on the Antrim coast road in Glenarm and Carnlough, as well as individual properties in Larne and Islandmagee.

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