£10k funding boost for Doagh village improvement scheme

PLANS for a scheme to enhance Doagh village are to receive a £10,000 funding boost from Newtownabbey Borough Council.

During their recent Development Committee meeting, councillors were informed that an application has been submitted to GROW South Antrim under the ‘Village Renewal and Development’ measure to provide a programme of streetscape and frontage improvements in the village.

It is understood the project will involve painting buildings along Main Street as well as a number of initiatives in the village square area, including opening up the square, resurfacing the area and installing new planters and signage. It will also bring local community groups together to design a new piece of community art for the village.

The £40,000 scheme, which is being progressed as part of the Doagh Village Masterplan, is aimed at improving community space and involving the wider community in village life.

Newtownabbey Borough Council has agreed to provide £10,129 towards the project, with the other 75 per cent of the money being applied for through GROW South Antrim.

If the funding application is successful, the village improvement works will have to be completed by March 31, 2012.