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Public invited to shape the future of Carrickfergus through upcoming Community Consultations

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Carrickfergus is on the brink of a transformative regeneration, thanks to a substantial £42 million investment via the Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD).

 

This significant funding will bring about major changes to the town, aiming to enhance its historical appeal and boost economic growth.

 

To ensure the project aligns with local community needs and aspirations, a comprehensive public engagement process is set to commence, inviting all stakeholders to actively participate and have their say.

 

The public engagement process will be structured through six themed workshops, designed to allow community groups and residents to view in-progress proposals and provide valuable input.

 

The first two workshops in the series are scheduled for Wednesday 26 June and Wednesday 28 August, both starting at 6pm at Carrickfergus Town Hall. These sessions are a vital part of the consultation, ensuring that the voices of local people are heard and considered in the planning stages.

 

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Alderman Beth Adger MBE said:

 

“The £42 million investment in Carrickfergus will not only revitalise the historic town but also create significant employment opportunities, further boosting the local economy. 

 

“This regeneration project includes the restoration and enhancement of Carrickfergus Castle and its walls, alongside improvements to the surrounding environment, including refurbishment of the town hall, civic centre and courtyard. These efforts will help preserve the rich history of Carrickfergus while making it more accessible and appealing to both residents and visitors alike.”

 

It is expected that over 150 jobs will be created in attractions, along with more than 140 construction jobs during the project.

 

A key objective of the project is to significantly increase the number of annual visitors to the castle, trebling numbers from 68,000 to 210,000, partly through facilitating a wide range of events and activities throughout the town.

 

Additionally, the project will invest in high-quality public realm works, aimed at enhancing access between the castle and the town centre, making it easier for visitors to explore and enjoy everything Carrickfergus has to offer.

 

The Mayor also highlighted the potential for inclusive growth and economic boost that the Belfast Region City Deal represents.

 

“The Belfast Region City Deal is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that will drive inclusive growth and provide a significant economic boost for Mid and East Antrim.

 

“Council’s participatory approach ensures that we bring people together to consider their local high streets, address issues and encourage our places and communities to thrive. By engaging the entire community in the project development, we can identify opportunities and challenges, ensuring the future sustainability of Carrickfergus.

 

“I would encourage residents of Carrickfergus and surrounding areas to participate in the upcoming workshops and contribute their views on the proposed regeneration plans. Public input is vital in shaping a vibrant, sustainable future for the town, ensuring that the project not only preserves the historical essence of Carrickfergus but also addresses contemporary needs and aspirations,” she said.

 

The Belfast Region City Deal is a transformative investment programme exceeding £1 billion, aiming to support the creation of up to 20,000 jobs across the greater Belfast area. This ambitious initiative will directly deliver £400 million in Gross Value Added (GVA) on-site and within the region, connecting local people to new and better job opportunities. It represents a major collaborative effort between local councils, government departments and private sector partners to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life for residents.

 

To register your interest in the event please email: majorprojectsteam@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

 

For more information on the Belfast Region City Deal visit www.belfastregioncitydeal.co.uk

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