Mid Ulster District Council has been given a green light for a multi-million pound town centre investment following confirmation of central government funding.
£4.5M has been allocated towards ‘public realm’ schemes in Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt, with further investment of £3.5M by the Council.
All three town centres will benefit from new paving, lighting, street furniture, signage and planting, with contractors expected on site in Cookstown and Dungannon later this summer and in Magherafelt in early 2016.
Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair of the Council, welcomed confirmation of DSD monies:
“This is a multi-million pound investment across our town centres and its importance cannot be underestimated. With this funding comes further opportunity to enhance our towns and contribute substantially to their on-going regeneration and economic sustainability. I look forward now to progressing the public realm schemes and to engaging and working together with our retailers, businesses and residents to ensure we optimise the benefits for Mid Ulster”.
Consultation with local people around the design of the schemes has been on-going and will continue, as Vice-Chair of the Council, Councillor Kim Ashton:
“Continuing to engage with local residents and businesses is a priority for us at every step - as we finalise designs and prepare to start work, and particularly during the work itself when people will most need to be kept up-to-date with progress. We are committed to keeping our town centres open for business as usual and the end result should ensure they have even greater appeal”.
The public realm works will be carried out in:
Cookstown - James Street, William Street and adjoining streets to the east and west.
Dungannon - Scotch Street, Ann Street, George Street, William Street, Thomas Street, Perry Street and Northland Row
Magherafelt -The Diamond and connecting streets including Market Street, Rainey Street, Broad Street and Queen Street.
Each scheme will be completed within a year.