£2.2m public realm scheme for town centre

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland  - 16th October 2013 -''Press Release image ''Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland discusses the �2.2m public realm investment plans for Larne with Councillor Maureen Morrow, Mayor of Larne Borough Council, left, and Geraldine McGahey, Chief Executive Larne Borough Council which will see the town's streetscapes transformed.' 'Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.''See DSD press release attached.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th October 2013 -''Press Release image ''Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland discusses the �2.2m public realm investment plans for Larne with Councillor Maureen Morrow, Mayor of Larne Borough Council, left, and Geraldine McGahey, Chief Executive Larne Borough Council which will see the town's streetscapes transformed.' 'Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.''See DSD press release attached.
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Larne town centre is set to be revitalised thanks to a £2.2 million public realm scheme, it has been announced this week.

The project, which is being part-funded by Larne Borough Council, will include the provision of new footways and kerbing, street lighting, street furniture, railings and planted areas.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland paid a visit to the town last Wednesday, when he revealed his Department would be contributing up to £2m towards the total cost of the project.

Mr McCausland said: “The funding for this new £2.2m public scheme will deliver real improvements to Larne town for all the people to enjoy.

“Schemes like this can transform the streetscapes and make them more attractive, encouraging people to stay a little longer and enjoy the atmosphere.”

During his visit, the minister also heard about the work completed on a number of other initiatives that were listed in the town centre masterplan, which was published in June, 2010.

He added: “I am really pleased that Larne is working hard to deliver the regeneration actions that were included in its town centre masterplan.”

Mayor of Larne, Councillor Maureen Morrow, welcomed the funding announcement and said: “Larne Council is pleased to be working closely with Department for Social Development on a number of grant-funded projects which are benefitting our town centre.

“This public realm scheme will provide the opportunity for Larne to create a unique and attractive town centre for residents and visitors.”