Facelift for Fermanagh ahead of G8

Published Monday, 04 February 2013
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A million pounds worth of funding has been announced to tackle some of Northern Ireland's eyesores, with Fermanagh set to benefit ahead of the G8 summit.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood said the money will be split between Co Fermanagh, Belfast, Lisburn, Moyle and Co Down, and will be used to clear up hundreds of derelict sites.

A total of £380,000 is earmarked for the Enniskillen area, where eight of the world's most powerful leaders will convene in June.

Belfast gets a package worth £300,000 for work on areas including Broadway and the Crumlin Road, while Lisburn city centre is set to benefit from a £160,000 spruce up, Moyle gets £100,000 and the Ballynahinch, Newcastle and Downpatrick areas get £60,000.

It comes after similar sums of money were spent on Portrush and Portstewart ahead of the Irish Open last year, and for Derry-Londonderry's year as City of Culture.

Fermanagh will be very much in the international spotlight as hosts for the G8 summit. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase its charms to the world.

Alex Attwood

SDLP minister Mr Attwood said: "This is good news for many areas and a further step on my programme to attack dereliction across Northern Ireland.

"I was also keen to build on the very successful work done in Portrush and Portstewart last year. This funding means we will be able to extend the good work down the coast, removing eyesores in scenic coastal areas including Bushmills, Ballycastle, Waterfoot and Ballintoy.

"Lisburn is this year's European City of Sport, and our investment will see many areas in the city centre being given a real spruce up. Downpatrick, Ballynahinch and Newcastle will benefit from the funding boosting in these historic and seaside areas."

Fermanagh District Council Chief Executive Brendan Hegarty told UTV the move was "a phenomenal opportunity".

"We want to present the county as best as we can and promote it in terms of industry and tourism," he said.

The councils must spend the money allocated to them by the end of March.

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5 Comments
Sam in Dublin wrote (436 days ago):
Another coverup.....
petand in londonderry wrote (436 days ago):
This is mere plastering over the fissures. Let the foreign leaders coming for the G8 conference see the reality of life here. The truth of our failed economy is evidenced by closed shops and abandoned half built houses. To do otherwise is being hypocritical..
John in Castlewellan wrote (437 days ago):
Downpatrick, Ballynahinch and Newcastle? Yet again Castlewellan gets overlooked. Newcastle is forever having money thrown at it. Castlewellan is within an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" and is desparately in need of an investment boost.
Belfast Shopper in Belfast wrote (437 days ago):
Start by knocking down the real eye-sore which is now virtually uninhabited. I mean the former tallest building in Belfast - Windsor House in Bedford Street, which used to house the European Commission. That is before the dummy concrete used in its construction causes it to collapse.
Marc in Larne wrote (437 days ago):
Starting with stormont and its bunch of useless eyesolres up there.
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