Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of £18,500 to help Glengormley ‘gear up’ for the Giro d’Italia bike race.
The funding will improve the appearance of properties and derelict sites which are located along the race route.
Speaking during a visit to Glengormley, the minister said: “I share with my Executive colleagues and Local Government our pleasure in being able to stage this prestigious event, which will attract mass interest and media coverage across so many of our towns and cities.
“The funding provided by my Department will be used to improve properties in the area which may be seen by millions of viewers across the globe. The many visitors and tourists will experience a warm welcome to the area the funding will provide a lasting legacy for the local people of Glengormley”.
Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Fraser Agnew, welcomed the funding.
“We are delighted to have received this funding to improve business premises in Glengormley in advance of the prestigious Giro d’Italia passing through the area in May.
“The race offers an excellent opportunity to put Glengormley on the map and we will ensure it is looking its best for the world’s media.
“We are committed to improving the physical environment in Glengormley and will be working closely alongside the Department for Social Development to ensure that the objectives of the Newtownabbey Regeneration Strategy are realised for the benefit of traders and visitors to the town.”
Funding will come from a range of tourism stakeholders and sponsors, including the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) through the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. Other funders include Belfast City Council, Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Mediolanum International Funds/Life.
The total cost to Northern Ireland is expected to be in the region of £4.2million, with £3million from DETI/EU.