GLENGORMLEY Traders’ Association has welcomed the start of the town’s improvement works.
Almost £1million of work is due to begin in the town centre over the coming weeks.
In the first phase of the regeneration project areas around Portland Avenue, Ballyclare Road, the Febro Building and at the car wash will all be improved under the regeneration scheme.
There will also be work on the centre’s lighting, shop fronts and shutters around the town.
Traders’ association chair Ed Burns told the Times: “This will provide Glengormley with a great boost.
“This is phase one of the project. £650,000 will be spent on the Ballyclare Road and Portland Avenue areas of the town and then another £150,000 will be spent on the town’s shop fronts, shutters and lighting.
“This will help Glengormley attract people in to shop and bring with it new businesses.”
He added: “The committee has been working hard on regeneration of the town centre and we are very thankful to everyone - traders, landlords and the public - for their support throughout.
“Through the delivery committee of this work we are taking the lead and we are very keen that as much of the work as possible is carried out by local trades people.
“It is vital that in these hard times of austerity that as much is done as possible to help the small independent trader and it is a big success for us that so much money is being invested.
“I would also like to thank the association’s committee of Brendan Carlin, Nigel Hamilton, Frank O’Neill and Iain Patterson who have been instrumental in helping bring this about.”