Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland
has announced a £2.4million public realm scheme for Donaghadee.
The Department of Social Development and Ards Borough Council are
jointly funding the scheme which will cover Shore Street, New Street,
Bridge Street, the Parade and High Street and has been designed
to make the town much more attractive to both locals and visitors.
the Scheme the Minister said “This investment will
make a significant contribution to improving the fortunes of the
town by attracting visitors to the area and encouraging private
sector investment. This funding demonstrates my ongoing commitment
to the regeneration of Donaghadee.”
Tom Smith, Chairman of the Donaghadee Town Steering Group and a
local resident said:, “This is excellent news and
I'm very glad that we are moving forward with this £2.4 million
investment in Donaghadee. The Public Realm scheme will improve and
enhance our town centre and seafront making it a more attractive
place to visit and do business. The next stage of the scheme is
to move to a detailed design and public consultation. This should
happen next month and I hope that local residents and traders will
participate in this vital part of the process.”
representatives on the Donaghadee Town Steering Group, David Cochrane,
John Caldwell and Noel Johnston, were delighted to learn that the
funding has been approved and said “This is a tremendous
step forward and a much needed investment in Donaghadee's infrastructure.
Hopefully this project, when completed, will help promote Donaghadee
as a good place to live, a vibrant town to visit and a great place
in which to do business".
Anyone interested in the project should attend one
of the public consultation sessions, details of which will be announced
There could be further good news within the next
few weeks as the town anxiously awaits the outcome of an application
to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant of just under £1m
from the Townscape Heritiage Initiative.