Masterplan lays out plans for the future

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Bridge Street and Fountain Street have been earmarked for improvement schemes as part of the ongoing Antrim Masterplan.

It’s almost ten years since the Town Masterplan for Antrim was planned and over the past decade many improvement schemes have taken place across the borough.

A presentation was given to councillors at the Development and Leisure Committee by Development Manager Karen Brown who outlined the improvements that have taken place but she also explained that work has not finished and informed members of future plans.

A revitalise scheme for Antrim using funding of £260,000 is currently waiting for Department of Social Development’s approval.

In Antrim Town Centre, Bridge Street and Fountain Street are to be improved as part of the Phase II Public Realm scheme.

Members also heard about the Village Masterplans which will carry out improvements in Dunadry, Templepatrick, Parkgate and Toome.

Councillor Adrian Watson and Alderman Drew Ritchie said they were both looking forward to seeing the Public Realm scheme for Bridge Street and Fountain Street.

Alderman Drew Ritchie said: “With the new environmental scheme there’s a vibrancy about the town now, it really looks well.

Crumlin SDLP Councillor Thomas Burns agreed said: “I would like to congratulate the good work down by Karen throughout the borough. Crumlin is tremendously improved, it’s how we expand that scheme.

“The problem is that there are shutters down all the time on properties that are vacant. I would like to see a scheme that incorporates these.”

Councillor Roy Thompson said he was looking forward to the improvements in Parkgate and Templepatrick.

“With the improvements in the centre of Antrim does that have an effect on the market?” He asked.

Karen replied: “(The market) is something I would like to try and revitalise.”

There was a disagreement after Sinn Fein Councillor Henry Cushinan said the council had not supported the Harbour Wall Scheme in Toome. “I ask the council to take a hands on approach to that scheme.”

Director of Development, Leisure and Borough Services Geraldine Girvan replied: “It was the DOE who turned it down because of an ownership issue and not because of a lack of support from the council.”

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