Communities Minister, Paul Givan has today announced funding of £440,000 for further Revitalisation schemes for Ballymoney and Coleraine.
The aim of Revitalisation schemes is to support existing traders in the development of their business, promote the area as a destination for shoppers and improve the attractiveness of the shop frontages.
Speaking in Ballymoney, Minister Givan said: “This is a huge boost for both towns with each receiving funding of £200,000 from my Department and a further £20,000 each from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and follows the successful completion of previous revitalisation schemes in both towns – both which have been very well received. This new investment will bring further improvements, helping to make each town more attractive to those people who visit, live and work in the area.”
Each scheme includes a programme of works to upgrade shop frontages, building facades, and gable walls. Activities will include repairing and painting frontages, replacement of signage, rainwater goods and lighting. A branding and marketing campaign forms an integral part of the scheme.
The Minister added: “I am fully supportive of revitalisation schemes that help breathe new life into our towns and cities and support local businesses, ensuring long-term viability and prosperity.”
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Alderman Maura Hickey acknowledged the importance of the funding provided by the Department for Communities saying: “Over the past few years, we have all seen the difference that this funding can make to town centres and individual businesses. Revitalise funding has brought new life to all our towns from Limavady to Portrush, and this phase in Ballymoney will complement the work undertaken by the legacy Council, the local Chamber of Trade, and Ballymoney Regeneration Company. Equally in Coleraine, this scheme will bring new colour and life to Railway Road and beyond, and will reinvigorate our streetscape. I thank the Minister and his Department for their continued support of our local traders, and their partnership with Council in delivering brighter high streets across the Borough.”
Notes to editors:
- The Revitalisation Scheme is one of the Department for Communities urban regeneration measures
- The Department will provide funding of £400,000 towards the two revitalisation schemes in Ballymoney and Coleraine. Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council has also committed £20,000 to each of the schemes
- A revitalisation scheme was completed in Ballymoney in March 2015, which focused on the commercial core of the town along Main Street and Castlecroft areas. This new scheme will address Church Street, High Street, Victoria Street, Charles Street and Linenhall Street
- Revitalisation schemes were completed in the Waterside area of Coleraine in 2013/14 and Railway Road in 2015/16. This scheme will complete the remaining properties on Railway Road and extend works into Kingsgate Street, Brook Street and Long Commons
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