Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced that Waterfoot will be regenerated by a grant of £186,000 from the UK-wide Coastal Communities Fund.
It will allow Moyle District Council to press ahead with an innovative regeneration project – converting a disused toilet block into a coastal centre. The project will bring revenue to the area and provide employment opportunities in retail, catering and tourism as well as a community facility not available locally. Local artists and craft makers will be provided with retail space for their goods. The project will create three jobs and support a further three indirect positions within the local economy.
The Minister responsible for the Coastal Communities Fund, Mark H Durkan, said: “The Coastal Communities Fund is designed to support the economic development of communities along our coasts. It promotes regeneration and economic growth through projects that directly or indirectly create sustainable jobs and safeguard existing jobs.
Welcoming the news Sinn Fein Glens Councillor Colum Thompson (pictured right at the building) said; “I am delighted that the funding has been secured. The concept for the project came from Glenariff Improvement Group and I took a motion to Moyle District Council on the 8th of April 2013 asking for Council’s support for the project. Since then I have worked with Glenariff Improvement Group.”