£220k revitalisation investment in Coleraine

Pictured are (from left) Mervyn Storey MLA, Winnifred Mellett, president of the Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce, Communities Minister Paul Givan, Ian Donaghey MBE, president of the Causeway Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Alderman Maura Hickey. INCR 37-702-CON
Pictured are (from left) Mervyn Storey MLA, Winnifred Mellett, president of the Ballymoney Chamber of Commerce, Communities Minister Paul Givan, Ian Donaghey MBE, president of the Causeway Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Alderman Maura Hickey. INCR 37-702-CON

A £200,000 investment announcement by the Department of Communities will help further revitalise Coleraine’s retail offering.

The new scheme, which also attracts £20,000 council funding, will complete the remaining properties on Railway Road and extend works into Kingsgate Street, Brook Street and Long Commons.

It follows on from initiatives in the Waterside area of the town in 2013/14 and Railway Road in 2015/16.

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 Ballymoney, 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 Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Alderman Maura Hickey said this latest scheme “will bring new colour and life to Railway Road and beyond, and will reinvigorate our streetscape”.