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McCausland announces £370,000 public realm improvements in Glengormley

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland announces funding of 370,000 for a public realm scheme which will upgrade pavements, street lighting and furniture in Portland Avenue, Glengormley.
Friday, 28 February 2014

The Newtownabbey Regeneration Strategy was launched in March 2011. Its main aim was to assess the full regeneration potential of Ballyclare and Glengormley town centres and identify those actions and proposals to support this aim. With regards to Portland Avenue in particular, the masterplan noted the significant potential to improve the quality of the space by providing improved parking facilities and introducing new materials, street furniture and planting.

Minister McCausland said: “I welcome this significant investment for the centre of Glengormley which is aimed at encouraging people from the local community and surrounding area to support the existing traders and hopefully act a catalyst for new development which will in turn attract new investment.

“Work has been progressing on a number of actions contained in the masterplan including a revitalisation scheme for property improvements and marketing for events in the area. In addition a Transport Study is currently examining a number of options to mitigate traffic congestion. All of these actions are designed to improve the attractiveness and competitiveness of Glengormley to both local residents and visitors alike.”

The Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Fraser Agnew welcomed the investment adding:The Council is delighted that the Portland Avenue scheme will now progress, with funding from the NI Executive, through the Department for Social Development and a contribution from the Council. The visible improvements that will be created through this regeneration initiative are of key importance to businesses on the street and in the wider Glengormley area. Creating an attractive environment which draws people to shops and to businesses is essential to our town centres and we welcome this much needed investment.”

Iain Patterson, President of the Glengormley Chamber of Commerce & Traders Association, also welcomed the scheme and the benefits that it would bring. He said: “The scheme through new paving, lighting and street furniture will reimage Portland Avenue making it brighter, more accessible and an attractive place to visit. This investment will deliver a comprehensive improvement to the area and we thank the Department for Social Development, the Council, Roads Service, Businesses and other agencies for their support.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The regeneration strategy for Newtownabbey (incorporating masterplans for both Ballyclare and Glengormley) was commissioned by the Department for Social Development and Newtownabbey Borough Council and launched in March 2011.
  2. The Newtownabbey Regeneration Strategy Implementation Team was established by Newtownabbey Borough Council to oversee the masterplan and comprises elected councillors, trader and business representatives and statutory bodies.
  3. The total cost of the scheme is estimated at £370,000 with Newtownabbey Borough Council contributing 10%. The work involved in the scheme in Portland Avenue includes:
    • - re-paving of pavements and kerbs in high quality materials,
    • - placement of car parking on one side of street,
    • - undergrounding of unsightly utility cables.
  4. Media enquiries to DSD Information Office on 028 9082 9215. Out of Office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.