£300k boost for Newry City Centre facelift

September 25, 2012

By Christine Keighery

Newry City Centre is set to undergo a major facelift with a £300k revitalisation scheme for the newly completed Newry Public Realm Areas in Hill Street and Monaghan Street.

Newry City Centre Management, in conjunction with Newry and Mourne District Council and local traders, last week announced their success in making a funding application to the Department of Social Development for the scheme, which is part of a three-year investment proposed through the city’s Masterplan, launched by DSD and Newry and Mourne District Council last year.

Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland spoke about the further injection of funding during a recent visit to Newry to launch the completed Public Realm Scheme in Monaghan Street and Hill Street.

He described the new look streets as “bright and welcoming” and said there was now a “real vibrancy and buzz” about the city centre’s two main streets before confirming his commitment to the next initiative – the Revitalisation Improvement Scheme.

“I am committed to supporting the ongoing regeneration of Newry and I am delighted to announce funding towards a £438,000 revitalisation project for the City Centre. This project will play a significant role in the regeneration of Hill Street and Monaghan Street.”

“There will also be a new branding and marketing campaign to reinforce the message that these areas are open to business. The Revitalisation project is another strand of the Newry City Centre Masterplan that DSD is helping to deliver.”

The revitalisation scheme will provide £300,000 over the next two years to implement a variety of innovative projects to assist in the marketing of the Public Realm Areas. These will include market projects, major events, shop front reconfiguration and painting.

The urban regeneration of Newry’s centre aims to establish a modern, vibrant city centre which will rejuvenate the business and retail sector in its’ main streets.

Councillor John McArdle, Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council congratulated the Department of Social Development for agreeing to fund the revitalisation scheme and said the programme of events and projects will all assist in the revitalisation of Newry’s city centre.

Mr Jack Murphy, Chairman of Newry City Centre Management welcomed the revitalisation programme and described it as an excellent example of how various partners can come together to complete an application which will help the continued economic revitalisation of Newry City Centre.  He congratulated the local development office of the Department of Social Development in assisting in making their application successful.