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McCausland announces £250,000 investment in Ballycastle

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of 250,000 for a Revitalisation scheme in Ballycastle.
Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The scheme will focus on Castle Street and Clare Street which is part of the designated conservation area of the town centre. Its aims are to restore many of the historic buildings and bring vitality back into this part of the town.

Minister McCausland said: “I am pleased to announce this £250,000 investment in the historic town of Ballycastle. It is recognised that almost half of the buildings eligible to apply for support have a built heritage status. This means that there are certain standards set for the work carried out on these buildings. I welcome the advisory role played by other statutory bodies which will aid Moyle District Council and the local trader representatives in delivering this scheme.

“The scheme itself will help promote Ballycastle as an attractive and charming destination, encouraging new visitors and shoppers and helping existing businesses to improve their capacity to trade. I hope that the traders and property owners take full advantage of this funding and look forward to seeing it all take shape by Spring next year. It will certainly contribute positively to the long term viability and prosperity of the town.”

The main works included in the scheme are upgrading of shop frontages, building facades and gables through painting, replacing rainwater goods, windows and signage. Moyle District Council will be responsible for its delivery in conjunction with traders and local representatives of the town.

Chairperson of Moyle District Council, Councillor Sandra Hunter said: “Moyle District Council is delighted to be awarded £250,000 from the Department of Social Development for a Revitalisation scheme in Castle Street and Clare Street, Ballycastle.

“Moyle District Council have been working with the Ballycastle Revitalise Steering Group for several months now to secure this funding for those businesses in the area targeted for the scheme. Over the coming months Moyle District Council and the Steering Group look forward to working with the local traders to draw up a programme of works to improve the streetscape of the area, as well as developing a marketing and promotional campaign to promote the area as a destination for shoppers and visitors.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. Moyle District Council is the promoter of the Ballycastle Revitalisation scheme and a steering group has been established to implement it with advice provided by the Planning Service, Northern Ireland Environmental Agency and DSD.
  2. Total cost of the revitalise scheme is £256,000 with DSD providing £250,000 and Moyle District Council contributing £6,000.
  3. Media enquiries to DSD Information Office on 028 9082 9233. Out of Office contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.