Environment Minister Alex Attwood today announced a one million pound funding package for environmental improvements to tackle dereliction in a number of areas in Northern Ireland.
Fermanagh will get a £380,000 boost in the run up to the G8 summit. Belfast will benefit from a £300,000 package, especially welcome given recent problems. Hundreds of derelict sites and properties will benefit, be it demolishing buildings at Broadway on the Falls and the Crumlin Road Belfast, a spruce up of Lisburn City Centre or removal of eyesores in Ballycastle and Bushmills.
This follows on from a similar amount of money having been pumped into Portrush and Portstewart in advance of the Irish Open and in Derry as a boost to the City of Culture year.
The £1 million will be divided up between the following Council areas:
- Fermanagh – £380,000
- Belfast – £300,000
- Lisburn – £160, 000
- Moyle – £100,000 for Bushmills, Ballycastle, Ballintoy, Waterfoot, Mosside, Armoy
- Down – £60,000 for Ballynahinch, Newcastle and Downpatrick
Councils have plans in place to push forward with this work in the near future.