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McCausland announces £3million to help transform Bangor town centre

Minister for Social Development Nelson McCausland has announced a 3million contribution towards an 8million public realm scheme for Bangor Town Centre.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The £8million scheme will reinvigorate Bangor, creating an identifiable and harmonious image for the town centre. The design concepts were developed in partnership with North Down Borough Council, community and business representatives. The scheme will cover Main Street, High Street, Abbey Street, Quay Street and Hamilton Road.

Making the announcement, the Minister said: “This is a huge investment by the Northern Ireland Executive and North Down Borough Council. It is a sign of our confidence that Bangor has the necessary qualities to become a destination for everyone. The scheme has been designed to bring the maximum benefit to all of Bangor’s residents and to make the town centre much more attractive to visitors. This scheme is a fundamental part of the strategy set out in the Bangor Town Centre Masterplan to regenerate the town centre.

“I know from the success of public realm schemes in other towns, that this investment will make a significant contribution to improving the fortunes of the town centre. This funding demonstrates my ongoing commitment to the regeneration of Bangor. From the introduction of the new artists pods and open green space along Queen’s Parade to my Department’s decision to step in to take forward the longer term scheme for the development of this area.”

The Mayor of North Down, Councillor Wesley Irvine said: “We welcome the announcement of this investment in the infrastructure of Bangor. North Down Borough Council look forward to seeing the transformation of our streets, and going by other similar Public Realm projects we know the end result will be fantastic. We would hope this will drive fresh footfall and benefit the businesses in the town centre.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The overall cost of the scheme is £8 million of which DSD is contributing £3million and North Down Borough Council is contributing £5million.

    Works will include:

    - widening the footpaths and using new granite paving and kerbing to give the town centre a distinctive, single-themed appearance that will instil a sense of grandeur;
    - use of new and improved street lighting to create a dramatic impression and promote Bangor’s connection to the waterfront;
    - use of feature lighting to enhance areas of interest;
    - gateway features in combination with light and paving to create a sense of arrival into the town;
    - road junction improvements
    - renewed landscape and street furniture for locals and visitors to relax.
  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 2016.
  3. All Media enquiries to DSD Communication Team on 028 9082 9233. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.