Dereliction Fund helps brighten up town centres

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Antrim Borough Council recently secured funding from the Department of Environment’s Dereliction Intervention Funding.

The council, working in partnership with the private sector and community representatives, identified seven sites which were ripe for improvement - five in Antrim town and two in Randalstown.

The work carried out includes a virtual window and shop front scheme, new fencing and general cleaning and painting works within Antrim town.

In Randalstown the former police station at New Street, Randalstown was demolished with all of the former security barriers removed. New fencing and artwork panels now adorn a vacant site on upper Main Street Randalstown and form an attractive welcome to residents and visitors alike.

Simon Thompson, Antrim Borough Council, said: “The funding which we received, combined with the environmental improvement scheme recently completed in Antrim town, has certainly helped revive these two town centres. We will continue seeking funding options so that we can continue to implement actions from the Masterplans for our towns and villages.”

Antrim Borough Council is currently preparing further expression of interest business cases for submission to the DoE for additional dereliction intervention works in the borough, as part of the DoE’s June 2014 Monitoring Round. For further information, phone 028 9446 3113 Ext 1344.

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