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Draft Corporate Improvement Objective 4

We will contribute to the ongoing regeneration of our district by delivering a capital investment programme, enhancing facilities and opportunities for local people.

This objective links to theme four in Mid Ulster’s Community Plan, Economic Growth.

The outcomes aligned to this objective are:

  • we prosper in a stronger and more competitive economy
  • we will include the development and delivery of a place shaping capital economic regeneration programme across the District.

Why Are We Doing It?

The additional challenges facing Mid Ulster’s most vulnerable communities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means there has never been a more important time to strengthen the economic, social, and physical wellbeing of our places, lasting effects will be felt for many years to come.

We must look to a period of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have had to lead our lives locally, pulling together more as communities, to see off the many challenges arising from coronavirus.

The Council’s capital programme of local projects will maintain our ongoing support for vibrant, accessible village/town centres, open spaces and communities.

Regeneration is a long-term process and is delivered through a wide range of projects, programmes, partnerships, infrastructure initiatives. Since the late 1990s, policymakers have recognised the wider social factors that affect the success of regeneration schemes, but this is even more vital in the current economic climate. 

Infrastructure is a valuable and efficient economic stimulus. Every £1 of investment in infrastructure generates a potential further £2.70 due to economic multiplier effects.

Making the most of existing social capital and providing opportunities for local people to be involved in regeneration is a vital part of making the best use of limited resources.

As a Council we support locally developed place based regeneration projects. We continue to invest in Mid Ulster, as well as providing essential services paid by your rates.

Our capital investment programme is our commitment to addressing the economic downturn and making the District a better place to live, work and invest. The programme includes major schemes to boost the economy, create jobs and improve the quality of life for our citizens.

Quality of place matters in economic, social, cultural and emotional terms. A sense of place helps establish strong social infrastructure, which supports people to improve their prospects and maximize their potential. We are taking a “whole district” approach creating places that are attractive, well designed and well managed. Our approach focuses on tailored solutions for settlements within the District and business locations.

We recognise our major assets as those that have the potential to deliver the greatest impact. Building on and investing in these assets alongside complementary interventions will release the District’s potential for growth and connect areas of growth with deprived places in need of generation.

By following a planned phased approach across the District, we will be able to deliver greater impact for each locality, using the resources available to best effect. This work has never been more important as we look to rebuild from the devastating impact of COVID-19.

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