A £200,000 investment announcement by the Department of Communities will help further revitalise Ballymoney’s retail offering.
It follows on from the 2015 initiative which focused on the commercial core of the town along Main Street and Castlecroft areas.
The aim is to support existing traders in the development of their business, promote the area as a destination for shoppers and improve the attractiveness of the shop frontages.
Announcing a similar commitment to Coleraine too, Communities Minister, Paul Givan said: “This is a huge boost for both towns with each receiving funding of £200,000 from my Department and a further £20,000 each from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and follows the successful completion of previous revitalisation schemes in both towns – both which have been very well received.
“This new investment will bring further improvements, helping to make each town more attractive to those people who visit, live and work in the area.”
Each scheme includes a programme of works to upgrade shop frontages, building facades, and gable walls. Activities will include repairing and painting frontages, replacement of signage, rainwater goods and lighting. A branding and marketing campaign forms an integral part of the scheme.
The Minister added: “I am fully supportive of revitalisation schemes that help breathe new life into our towns and cities and support local businesses, ensuring long-term viability and prosperity.”
Acknowledging the importance of the funding, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Alderman Maura Hickey said: “Over the past few years, we have all seen the difference that this funding can make to town centres and individual businesses.
“Revitalise funding has brought new life to all our towns from Limavady to Portrush, and this phase in Ballymoney will complement the work undertaken by the legacy council, the local Chamber of Trade, and Ballymoney Regeneration Company.”