A celebration event was recently held in Randalstown to mark the completion of four public realm schemes in Antrim, Ballyclare, Glengormley and Randalstown. The improvements to the four towns have had a significant impact on improving the streetscapes in the Borough’s key towns with the replacement of pavements, installation of new street furniture and an upgrade of street lighting. The completion of the public realm schemes represents an overall investment of £1.3 million, of which £1million came from the Department for Communities. These schemes build upon and complement previous public realm phases in the town centres which now total some £2.3 million since the creation of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, of which £1.8 million was funded by Department for Communities.
The delivery partners including Transport NI, McAdam Design, FP McCanns, McQuillan Contracts and Patrick Bradley were commended for their professionalism and imagination in bringing the schemes to fruition. This partnership approach with Transport NI and DfC builds upon previous phases of public realm in the Borough’s towns and create a more attractive and pedestrian friendly environment which will also help to encourage increased footfall and visitor numbers.
Councillor Paul Hamill, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey commented: ‘I am delighted the transformation of our town centres which are a priority for Council and this investment is a key driver in improving the economic life of our towns by helping to sustain and develop local businesses and I want to thank the Department for Communities (DfC) for their financial support to enable these schemes to be completed’.
Damian Mullholland, Director of Regional Development at the Department for Communities added: ‘These schemes in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area represent a significant investment and demonstrate the Department’s commitment to the success of the Borough’s town centres. The enhancements to the streetscape will no doubt be enjoyed by those who visit, shop, work or live in Antrim, Ballyclare, Glengormley and Randalstown for years to come’.
The Council looks forward to continue working with the Department for Communities and key stakeholders on future regeneration activities to support the continuing development of the Borough’s towns.