Ballycastle Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has welcomed the £72 million pound capital funding Growth Deal for Causeway Coast and Glens Council.
Speaking after the inaugural meeting of the Growth Deal working group, Cllr Cara McShane said:
“This funding has come at a time when Economic Strategies are being redefined. The Pre-COVID19 plans are no longer applicable in today’s environment.
“All sectors have been hugely impacted by the health pandemic that has gripped the world. In our area tourism, hospitality and farming especially need supported and reinvigorated. This funding which was matched by the North’s Executive will help us to have a ground-up approach to investment in major projects in our area.
“Sinn Féin will be pushing for imaginative and transformative projects that deliver for our citizens, brings jobs to the area and improves infrastructure that leave a lasting legacy.
“We will be advocating investment in the Green New Deal – to maximise health benefits for the people who live and visit our area. A network of Greenways from Ballymoney to Ballycastle and Ballymena to Cushendall, and across the entire district might be ambitious but it is possible. If anything has taught us what we can do when there is desire, it has been the events of the past 10 weeks.
“We will also be engaging with the University and other higher education providers around the innovation and digital theme to discuss large scale education and skills projects, particularly for young people to encourage and attract talent to stay within our area.
“With the Growth Deal funding coming to our area at this time, we know we can live in a cleaner, greener and safer space. We know that anything is possible with determination and agile mindsets.”