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Belfast Region City Deal: Joint Council Forum

25 June 2018

The Chancellor included a City Deal for Northern Ireland in his 2017 autumn statement, allowing the 6 Councils, led by Belfast City Council, to develop a City Deal proposition that has the potential to tap into around £1billion of investment.

The Belfast (Region) City Deal will see Antrim and Newtownabbey Council form part of a collaboration with Ards & North Down Borough Council, Belfast City Council, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council to maximise benefit from this new initiative.

The Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman John Smyth welcomed Elected Members and Chief Executives of the six Councils to Mossley Mill today (25 June) to discuss plans and the key initiatives to bring the final proposition to fruition in the autumn. He stated: “Our collective vision for City Deal is to create inclusive economic growth that delivers more and better jobs, a positive impact on the most deprived communities and a balanced spread of benefits across the region – growth that benefits everyone.”

City Deals give Councils the powers and freedoms to help the Region support economic growth, create jobs and invest in local projects. The Growth deal for Belfast advocates four key areas; creating a single mechanism for regeneration and place making powers to promote growth, focus on the skills and employability of local people, improving connectivity and public transport and modernisation of local infrastructure. 

For more information on the Belfast Region City Deal T. 028 9034 0050


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council       Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 


Belfast City Council                                               Ards & North Down Borough Council 



Newry, Mourne & Down District Council             Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council