£17k to boost Greenisland

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Regeneration efforts in Greenisland have taken another step forward after a funding boost of £17,000 was confirmed.

During last Monday night’s meeting of Mid and East Antrim Council’s Economic Growth and Development Committee, a £15,300 offer from the Department for Social Development was outlined to members.

The cash boost comes from slippage monies identified within the DSD budget, a report read.

Combined with match funding of £1,700 from MEA Council, the combined amount will provide a programme to support a revitalise scheme in Greenisland.

Last March, the legacy Carrickfergus Council launched the Greenisland Development Framework with the purpose of identifying regeneration priorities in the area.

A key priority listed within the framework was a shop frontage scheme.

This aims to improve the visual appearance of run down retail properties through cosmetic enhancements to shop frontages and gable walls, such as paint repairs and new signage.

The Greenisland Regeneration Group was established to drive forward projects that had been identified within the plan.

The small scale project (12 properties) will not impact on other applications that have been submitted to the Department for Social Development for revitalise works across the Mid and East Antrim Borough, members were told.