DUP North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey has welcomed the news that Ballymoney is set to benefit from a £1.75m environmental improvement scheme aimed at enhancing the town centre.
Commenting after Council approved to move the plans to Stage 1, including an economic appraisal, Mr Storey said: ‘‘I am delighted that this project has received the go-ahead. The scheme will focus on making our town centre safer and more accessible for pedestrians by carrying out a number of long-overdue public realm works.
“As a party, we have been lobbying for delivery of the Ballymoney Town Centre Masterplan since it was launched back in 2013.
“As Minister for Social Development in 2015, I secured further investment with the completion of a revitalisation scheme of some £239,000, with my successor in the Department Paul Given MLA now First Minister delivering a further £200,000. All with the aim of supporting existing traders in the development of their business, promote the town as a destination for shoppers and improve the attractiveness of the shop frontages.
“While I would have liked to have seen progress further advanced, I acknowledge the work of officials in the Department for Communities and Causeway Council in securing this additional money with the benefits this investment will bring for residents, businesses and visitors to our town.
Concluding he said “I and my DUP colleagues on Causeway Council look forward to working with officials from the Department of Communities and Causeway Council, local traders and residents to proactively and collectively move this process to the design and economic appraisal stage without further delay. It is important that there is an agreed approach so that we get the best outcome for Ballymoney.