Traders begin consultation on town centre public realm works

Robert Preston (back second left) pictured at the Larne Town Centre Public Realm Initial Stakeholder Consultation with local representatives CouncillorsRoy Craig, Michael Lynch, Maureen Morrow, Alderman Jank McKee, John Shannon and Elaine Cowie in the Town Hall. INLT 13-371-PR
Robert Preston (back second left) pictured at the Larne Town Centre Public Realm Initial Stakeholder Consultation with local representatives CouncillorsRoy Craig, Michael Lynch, Maureen Morrow, Alderman Jank McKee, John Shannon and Elaine Cowie in the Town Hall. INLT 13-371-PR
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THE first in a series of consultation events aimed at giving local traders a chance to air their views on a proposed multi-million pound upgrade of Larne town centre has taken place in the Town Hall.

Following the publication of the masterplan for the regeneration of Larne town centre, work has been progressing to implement some of the projects suggested in the plan. This includes improvements to the public realm – pavements and open spaces – and the Department for Social Development (DSD) has indicated there may be £2m available for this project in 2014/2015, subject to economic appraisal and confirmation of funds.

Larne Borough Council has appointed URS Infrastructure and Environment UK Ltd to design the scheme as well as liaise with businesses, utility and service providers to ensure that the agreed proposals are robust, fit for purpose and help create a unique atmosphere for the town centre.

The first in a series of contacts and consultations during the design process took place on Tuesday, March 19 and was attended by councillors, town centre traders and businesses, and council officers.

The event provided an opportunity to express views about the issues that are important for the development of the scheme proposals. There will be further consultation events in the next months.

Traders who were unable to attend and who wish to make their views known should contact Robert Preston of the design team by e-mailing robert.preston@urs.com or Hazel Bell at the Town Development Office on e-mail bellh@larne.gov.uk or by calling 028 2826 3041.