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McCausland announces £45,000 joint investment for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Councils

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced a funding package of 45,000 for an innovative revitalisation project involving the three Council areas of Armagh City and District Council, Banbridge District Council and Craigavon Borough Council.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The work, due to begin shortly, of installing Sustainable Key Performance Indicators (including footfall counters) within all of the town centres in the council areas, is the first joint project of its kind, undertaken in advance of the ‘Reform of Local Government’.

Discussing the plans, the Minister said: “I am impressed by the goals of this innovative project which illustrates a joined up approach from the three Councils. I would be keen to see this approach utilised in other towns and cities in Northern Ireland.”

The Minister added: “I am aware of the current difficulties facing our towns and cities and I think it is critical to understand the changing trends within them regarding performance and footfall, so that appropriate strategies can be initiated. The funding from my Department will enable Councils to compile a comprehensive and meaningful framework for monitoring and benchmarking town centre ‘Key Performance Indicators’ such as footfall, car parking usage, consumer demand and property values.”

The Minister went on to say: “I want to commend these three forward thinking Councils for coming together to develop an Action Plan that addresses their joint needs. I anticipate that this pioneering project will achieve some very positive and meaningful outcomes, by providing vital statistical data and information relating to each geographical area, which the councils can use to forward plan.”

Cllr Carla Lockhart, Chair of Craigavon Borough Council Development Committee said: “This funding is both welcomed and timely and will enable the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Cluster to deliver a comprehensive and meaningful framework for monitoring and benchmarking town centre performance.

“Understanding trends in Key Performance Indicators such as footfall, consumer demand and property values will inform future strategies and ultimately the vitality and viability of our town and city centres.”

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