Cunningham welcomes news of Revitalise funding

11 06 2013

Castle St 1959

Ballycastle Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed news that Moyle Council has been successful in their application for £250k regeneration funding from the Department of Social Development in order to Revitalise Ballycastle Town Centre.

Councillor Donal Cunningham Chair of the ‘Revitalise Ballycastle’ steering group said

“The scheme will focus on the historic streetscape of Castle Street and Clare Street, and will give us the opportunity to reverse the decline of recent years, and give the town and its community much needed social and economic benefits.”

“It is hoped that the improved streetscape will contribute to an improvement in the local economy as well as promoting Ballycastle as an attractive place to visit. Our objective is to help increase retail trade and improve the physical townscape

 

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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.





Revitalise Ballycastle Town Centre

24 09 2012


Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed Moyle Council’s decision to work with the Department of Social Development in order to revitalise Ballycastle Town Centre.

Councillor Cunningham commented “Ballycastle has a wonderful historic streetscape but unless immediate action is taken to reverse the decline of recent years, the town and its community will lose the much needed social and economic benefits that a busy vibrant town centre has been able to provide in previous decades.”

“I am particularly keen to see the restoration of Castle Street back to the bustling and active street that we were once so used to. But for this to happen it is local people who must take control, we need input from local businesses and he local community so that a vision is developed for the future of our town and we are able to put their energy and enthusiasm into making that vision a reality.”

The Revitalise initiative aims to improve the appearance of shop fronts, improve sites and market the town centre.  The objective is to help increase retail trade and improve the physical townscape.