Hot on the heels of reports identifying Ballycastle as the best place to live in Northern Ireland, and among the top 5 in the UK, the town held its own celebration to mark the completion of the Revitalisation project.
Locals and visitors came out in their hundreds to enjoy a celebration day at The Diamond. It was a whole town effort and there was something for everyone. The Ballycastle Market also launched its monthly artisan market and there were live performances from local musicians and popular rock and folk group Altagore.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, councillor Michelle Knight-McQuillan commented: “Ballycastle’s distinctive collection of traditional shops has ensured its status as a conservation area, with many listed buildings reflecting the value of its historical heritage. I visited the town in January to launch the final phase of the Revitalisation initiative and I am very impressed with the transformation. It has created a bright and cheerful shopping area perfectly in keeping with its built heritage and the seaside character. Council is proud to have supported such a great initiative and I want to congratulate the traders and community for making it happen and for hosting such a wonderful celebration day.”
James McCaughan, President of Ballycastle Chamber added: “Ballycastle Chamber has been very active in the project. As we approach the summer season, the completion of the scheme has been a great boost to the town. The overwhelming majority of shop owners are small businesses and it would normally be a challenge for many to meet the costs of improvements. Not only has the Revitalisation grant programme helped them do this, but it has also given them fresh motivation to ensure that Ballycastle continues to be a great place to shop, to eat and to explore. This has been a huge team effort and we express our thanks to the Town Partnership, Community Development Association, Revitalise Steering Group and Council staff for all the hard work and dedication that went in to delivering the project.”
Revitalisation is funded by the Department of Social Development (DSD) and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to assist the business community with improvements to their properties. The aim of the funding is to revitalise shop fronts to enhance and the streetscape and help boost the appeal of the area to shoppers and visitors.
Previously, Castle Street, Market Street and the Seafront have benefited from the Ballycastle Revitalisation project. The recent improvement works to shop fronts at The Diamond, Ann Street and Quay Road marked the completion of the three year project.
For further information on the Ballycastle Revitalisation project, please visit www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or telephone 028 2076 2225.