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Holywood to benefit from £2.4million public realm improvement scheme

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced a 2.4million investment for Holywood Town Centre.
Friday, 7 June 2013

The public realm improvement scheme is being delivered jointly by the NI Executive through the Department for Social Development and North Down Borough Council.

The £2.4million scheme will reinforce Holywood as an important employment and retail base within the Belfast Metropolitan Urban Area, in keeping with the character and historic nature of the town centre. The design concepts were developed in partnership with North Down Borough Council, community and business representatives The scheme will cover High Street, Hibernia Street, Shore Road, and Church Road.

Making the announcement, the Minister said: “Holywood is a town with great potential, character and history. This funding will help to maintain the vibrancy of the town centre ensuring its continuance as an important employment and retail base. Supporting town centres is vital in maintaining local communities and the benefits of this investment will be felt by the local community well into the future.”

The works include:

  • Upgrading the footpaths and using new porphyry paving and kerbing to give the town centre a distinctive and single-themed appearance;
  • Undergrounding of overhead utility services;
  • Improvements to the Maypole road junction to create a unique sense of place;
  • Use of new and improved street lighting to create a dramatic impression;
  • Renewed landscape and street furniture for locals and visitors to relax.

Minister continued, “Public realm improvements are valuable in this economic climate in terms of creating employment and helping Holywood to develop as an enterprising and competitive town.”

The Mayor of North Down, Councillor Wesley Irvine said: “We welcome the announcement of this investment in the bustling town centre of Holywood. We want to retain the unique nature of this vibrant town and support local businesses. The whole town will benefit from this transformation and we hope it will broaden the shopping experience for locals and visitors and increase footfall in the town.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The overall cost of the scheme is £2,439,201 million of which DSD is contributing £1,439.201 million and North Down Borough Council is contributing £1million.
  2. URS consultants were appointed by North Down Borough Council to design the scheme. Work is due to commence in the Spring of 2014 and be completed by March 2015.
  3. All Media enquiries to DSD Communication Team on 028 9082 9215. Out of office please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.
  4. Porphyry is a very dense volcanic stone with a stunning natural colour palette that is truly unique.