Randalstown Planning Workshop
01 May 2015
Local politicians, business owners and residents from Randalstown met with Officers from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and the Department for Social Development at a planning workshop held last night (30 April), to discuss a proposed public realm scheme for the town.
This exciting opportunity to secure significant investment for Randalstown has been made available by the Department for Social Development and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. Funding of up to £500,000 from the Department and £145,000 from the Council has been ring-fenced for public realm improvements which may include; paving, street lighting, services etc. The Council will lead the delivery of the project and held the workshop to ensure that business owners and residents had the opportunity to be involved at an early stage in the planning process.
The scheme will be delivered within the current financial year and planning is at an early stage. The Council will work with a range of partners including colleagues in the Department for Regional Development and service providers such as NIE, BT, Firmus Energy and NI Water to ensure that all planned works can be scheduled to minimise disruption and maximise benefits to the town.
Chairperson of Community Planning and Regeneration, Councillor Philip Brett, welcomed the scheme, commenting;
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Randalstown and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is delighted to be working with the Department for Social Development to provide the financial package required. Our town centres are a priority for the new Council and we intend to work closely with business owners and residents both during the scheme and after its completion to sustain and further develop the area.”