Community hears “Revitalise Ballycastle” plans

3 12 2012

Ballycastle Garden Centre 

A good turnout of owners and those who rent business premises in Ballycastle attended a meeting held in Sheskburn Community Centre, to hear proposed plans to deal with the regeneration of the town centre, and in particular the conservation areas of Castle Street and Clare Street.

Councillor Donal Cunningham Chair of the ‘Revitalise Ballycastle’ steering group, welcomed those present before introducing Mr William Cameron from the Department for Social Development, who are likely to be the project’s main funders.

Mr Cameron commented on Ballycastle and it’s rich diversity of shop fronts and its unrivalled streetscape. He explained that if the project was successful it would hope to offer grants to improve certain historic buildings within the designated area whose scale, design materials and detailing would enhance the historical character of the buildings and contribute to an improvement in the local economy as well as remaining an  attractive place to visit.

Those who own or rent business premises in the designated area were encouraged to express an interest in applying for any future funding should it become available.

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