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McCausland announces additional funding for Dungannon town centre

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced additional funding of 120,500 for the revitalisation of Dungannon town centre.
Thursday, 28 March 2013

The allocated funding will be used for the development of a social media strategy, installation of Wi-Fi, redesign of the Dungannon Life website, a digital marketing awareness programme, interpretation panels showcasing the town’s heritage, cover up treatments for three prominent derelict sites and shutter media.

The grant has been made to Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council who will manage the delivery of the entire project.

Minister McCausland said: “I welcome the opportunity to announce additional funding of £120,500 to help the revitalisation of Dungannon town centre. This project will provide real and significant benefits to shoppers and traders in bringing the town into the digital age. In these challenging trading times, it is essential to offer a wide range of town centre services to support the survival and growth of our local businesses.

“Improvements are already underway with the roll out of the painting and signage scheme. This additional funding that I am announcing will complement this and enable businesses to market their services to potential customers in a fast, effective and efficient manner. It will also enhance visitor experience to the town allowing them access to important information about Dungannon.”

The extension to the Dungannon Revitalisation project has been developed with the support of the Dungannon Regeneration Partnership, Traders Association and Enterprise Centre. It will complement the revitalisation work already underway which will improve the poor quality environment created by boarded up derelict sites and properties as well as strengthening and improving the existing retail provision and continuing to promote Dungannon as a shopping and tourist destination.

Dungannon and South Tyrone Mayor, Councillor Phelim Gildernew welcomed the funding announcement saying: “The announcement of additional funding for a Phase 2 Revitalisation programme is fantastic news for businesses and residents of Dungannon and will further contribute to the regeneration of the town centre. This comes on foot of the Council’s £5million investment in Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre, the current Paint and Signage Scheme that is enhancing 100 shop frontages and the forthcoming £2million Public Realm Scheme. We are working hard to boost confidence in the town and investment such as this is key to delivering the prosperous town centre we all want to see”.

Chris Morgan, Chair of Dungannon Regeneration Partnership said: “The funding will enable the implementation of a range of initiatives which we believe will provide a much brighter and more vibrant streetscape for shoppers and enhance the sustainability and profitability of businesses in the town centre. Dungannon is holding its own in the current economic climate and there is a strong partnership ethos in place among the key town centre stakeholders committed to the regeneration of the town centre and supporting our existing independent businesses.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The Department is providing an additional £120,500 funding towards the Dungannon revitalisation scheme. This brings the total funding package for Dungannon Revitalisation is £250,000.
  2. Media enquiries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9454 or e-mail press.office@dsdni.gov.uk. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440.