£500,000 FACELIFT FOR TOWN CENTRE

Portland Avenue looks set to benefit from a �500k improvement scheme.
Portland Avenue looks set to benefit from a �500k improvement scheme.

NEWTOWNABBEY Borough Council has agreed to commit £50,000 to a major environmental improvement scheme for Glengormley town centre.

The Department for Social Development project, which will cost around half a million pounds in total, is expected to involve a programme of works at Portland Avenue, including the replacement of paving and lighting and potential remodelling of the streetscape to provide additional on-street car parking spaces.

Similar environmental improvement schemes have previously been carried out in Ballyclare. However, Roads Service, which led those projects, has said it is not in a position to manage the Glengormley scheme.

During their recent meeting, members of the council’s Development Committee approved the 10 per cent match funding for the project, and agreed that the local authority should take it forward.

Nigel Hamilton, Secretary of Glengormley Traders’ Association and Chamber of Commerce, said the DSD and council funding was to be warmly welcomed.

“To get a small windfall to improve aspects of Glengormley at this stage is very welcome, but we don’t just want to see funding going into one area alone. There are other areas within Glengormley that require assistance and hopefully they will be able to benefit from similar funding in due course,” he said.

“Portland Avenue is only one area where traders see the potential for regeneration, but it is important that we try to move forward with other projects in other areas of the town as and when we can get the funding.”

Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that a second scheme - a town centre revitalisation programme - could also take place in Glengormley in the coming financial year.

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