A village spruce-up scheme from Mid Ulster District Council has seen investment of close to £500K across more than 40 villages.
A total of 109 properties across 46 villages benefited from a funding opportunity, which grant-aided 75% of eligible costs up to a maximum of £5,000 per property, and saw internal refurbishment works undertaken in public-facing areas and external renovations to building frontages.
Identified as a priority under the Council’s regeneration work, the scheme sought to enhance properties, and as a result, the overall townscape of each area, contributing to improved competitiveness and economic sustainability.
Welcoming the completion of the village spruce-up programme, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake, said:
“This is a significant investment programme which took place over 2 phases, beginning in April 2017 and finishing in September 2018, valued at £497K, of which £170K came from the private sector.
“This is testament to the positive outcomes which can be achieved when the Council and property owners and tenants work together to sustain and grow the vibrancy and vitality of each village”.
The scheme funded minor internal and external improvements including external windows, doors, guttering and redecoration and internal walls, ceilings, floors and redecoration.
Donna Collins, Chic ‘n’ Cut, Bellaghy
“The opportunity was presented for applications to be submitted to the Mid Ulster Village Spruce Up Scheme. Following submission and assessment of the application, I was delighted that Chic ’n’ Cut was awarded grant aid. The works allowed me to install a contemporary shop front which has made a significant impact to the property and the streetscape in Bellaghy”.
Pauls Fashions, 124 Moore Street, Aughnacloy
“Substantial works have been completed to the property as a result of securing funding from the Village Spruce Up Scheme. The total funding package provided an incentive to carry out major works to this long established family business moving it forward to meet ever increasing customer expectations”.
The Moy Larder, 16 The Square, Moy
“We carried out a large refurbishment scheme both internally and externally. The appearance of our property is important for customers and I believe that the works conducted under the Village Spruce Up Scheme have resulted in the property becoming more welcoming to customers and will contribute to the business extending its current customer base”.
Gabriel Colhoun, 74-76 Main Street, Pomeroy
“I would like to thank Mid Ulster Council for the grant aid which I received for my property at 74/76 Main Street Pomeroy. The grant helped me to improve the look of the property and contributes to the streetscape of the village, making it more attractive to customers”.
Robert Jackson, Jacksons Fruit & Veg, Castledawson
“The improvements to my premises has been very beneficial and have made a significant impact on the look of the property as well as the streetscape of Castledawson.”