Massive government funding boost for town centres

Minister Nelson McCausland met with Newtownabbey Mayor Billy Webb, Deputy Mayor Victor Robinson and Chief Executive of Newtownabbey Borough Council, Jacqui Dixon, to discuss the implementation of the masterplans for Ballyclare and Glengormley. INNT 11-602CON
Minister Nelson McCausland met with Newtownabbey Mayor Billy Webb, Deputy Mayor Victor Robinson and Chief Executive of Newtownabbey Borough Council, Jacqui Dixon, to discuss the implementation of the masterplans for Ballyclare and Glengormley. INNT 11-602CON

BALLYCLARE and Glengormley received a massive funding boost from the government this week.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland unveiled a funding package worth up to £600,000 for both town centres.

Work will now progress on the centres which will see them transformed to attract new businesses and people, and equip them to be able to cope with future trading pressures.

Funds have been provided for a survey in each town to gauge how best to manage traffic flows, and hundreds of thousands of pounds more will be provided to enhance the image, both physically and through advertisements, of both.

Darren Black, President of Ballyclare Chamber of Trade welcomed the announcement.

He said: “Ballyclare Chamber of Trade has worked with Newtownabbey Borough Council and Glengormley Chamber of Commerce for a number of years to focus money and resources on making our towns better places to shop, relax and be proud of. This work can sometimes be challenging yet the rewards benefit the people of Ballyclare at a number of different levels.

“The announcement of this money for Ballyclare is very welcome as it will ensure that ideas and plans can be implemented to further support the redevelopment of our town.”

Chairman of Glengormley Traders’ Association incorporating the Glengormley Chamber of Commerce, Ed Burns, also welcomed the announcement.

He said: “We are very pleased the Minister has intervened to resolve these key issues of funding which will benefit both Glengormley and Ballyclare.

“From a Glengormley perspective, the Traders’ Association has worked hard along with partner agencies to provide an effective strategy to delivering funding for investment.”

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