Minister Storey Visits Antrim & Randalstown
11 June 2015
LR Michael McKay, Jacqui Dixon, Jane Taggart, MLA Pam Cameron, MLA Trevor Clarke, DSD Minister Storey, Deputy Mayor John Blair, Eileen Warwick, Cllr Linda Clarke, Maria Brown
The Revitalisation work – funded by the Department for Social Development and Antrim Borough Council - saw a total investment of £265,000 in Antrim, and £185,000 in Randalstown.
Both Revitalisation Schemes focused on improving properties within the town centres by providing replacement windows, signage and re-painting. The improvements within Antrim include High Street and Church Street. The improvements within Randalstown include Main Street, New Street and Moore’s Lane.
Minister Storey said: “I am delighted that my Department was able to provide significant funding towards these two Schemes. In the present difficult trading conditions I am conscious of the need to improve our town centres to ensure they are viable and appealing for investors and shoppers.
“Having visited both Schemes today it is clear to see that the improvements have made a very positive contribution to the appearance and attractiveness of the town centres.”
The Minister added: “None of our towns are immune from the challenges that we face at the present time but I am confident that these important physical changes will only serve to enhance the look and feel for the people who live, work and visit both Antrim and Randalstown. These changes will further complement the future vision for both towns as set out in the wider Masterplan for these areas.”
The Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Councillor John Blair said: “The Antrim and Randalstown Revitalisation Schemes were two key projects highlighted in our Masterplans for both areas.
“The Council is delighted to receive this funding from the Department which has helped to transform 77 shop fronts in Antrim and Randalstown. The scheme has also helped to develop fresh brands for both towns to raise their profile as attractive shopping destinations.
“I’m confident that these improvements will support the long term commercial development of both town centres by encouraging increased footfall and by attracting new businesses and investment”.