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McCausland announces £150,000 new investment in Carrickfergus

Stormont Executive - Department for Social Development

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced new funding of £150,000 for an additional Revitalisation scheme in Carrickfergus.

Announcing the new funding, the Minister said: “Today’s investment of £150,000 will complement the recently completed public realm scheme in the historic town of Carrickfergus. In April I attended the official launch of the completed Public Scheme in Carrickfergus and was very impressed by the positive impact that the scheme has had upon the town centre and local businesses.

“This further investment will enhance the appearance of buildings along Lower North Street, Market Place, West Street and Castle Street in Carrickfergus town centre. These improvements will make Carrickfergus more appealing to all those and help existing businesses to improve their capacity to trade, contributing to the long term viability and prosperity of the town.”

The Minister added: “The revitalisation scheme will focus on upgrading shop frontages, building facades and gables, including the erection of new signage and floral displays. The scheme will be delivered by Carrickfergus Borough Council in conjunction traders and local representatives of the town. Work is due to commence shortly and I look forward to seeing the completed project next year.”

The Mayor of Carrickfergus Alderman William Ashe welcomed the investment adding: “On behalf of Council and Carrickfergus Regeneration Partnership this is fabulous news. The investment into the town will improve the physical and visual quality of the natural and built environment whilst creating a pedestrian friendly environment for locals and visitors. The investment will support businesses in Carrickfergus to promote what they have to offer and will encourage footfall into the historic town centre. I would like to thank the Minister for the much needed investment and support for the project”.

Notes to editors:

1. Carrickfergus Borough Council is the promoter of the Carrickfergus Revitalisation scheme and a steering group has been established to implement it with advice provided by the Planning Service and DSD.
2. Total cost of the revitalise scheme is £167,500 with DSD providing £150,000 and Carrickfergus Borough Council contributing £17,500.

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