'Out of date' and 'incorrect' masterplan postponed

NEWTOWNABBEY councillors voted against endorsing an audacious scheme for the regeneration of Newtownabbey's two town centres because of claims it was 'out-of date' and 'incorrect'.

At Monday night's Development Committee meeting councillors were presented with a masterplan for Glengormley and Ballyclare town centres by the Department of Social Development.

It gave suggestions on how to 'regenerate' and 'reinvigorate' both town centres.

Proposals included new shop front schemes, public artwork and a series of events to attract people to the towns.

In Ballyclare the proposal centred around promoting the town as a niche shopping centre, while in Glengormley it focused on billing the centre as a 'leisure destination'.

DSD officials said there were 'very real problems' in both towns and there was no 'quick fix'.

They said the masterplan allowed both town centres to grow and develop together, complementing each other.

Councillors said the plans were 'aspirational' as no money would be available, and councillors Brendan Carlin and John Scott criticised the plans for Glengormley.

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