30 April 2013
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced additional funding of £233,000 to assist with the revitalisation of Enniskillen town centre.
The allocated funding will be used for a painting and signage scheme as well as retailer training. The grant has been made to Fermanagh District Council who will appoint a Creative Management Team to prepare a design guide and manage the delivery of the project.
Minister McCausland said: “This project will ensure the reinvigoration of Enniskillen town centre. It will enable businesses and property owners within the town centre to make improvements which will create a brighter and more vibrant streetscape to attract shoppers and visitors.
“In these difficult trading times it is essential that town centres appear as attractive and welcoming as possible. In June, the eyes of the world will be on Enniskillen and this project will strengthen the physical retail core of the town by improving its appearance.
“In addition, the training package for retailers will develop and enhance their marketing and promotion skills thus making Enniskillen town centre more appealing to customers and visitors.”
Also in attendance at the announcement, Tourism Minister Arlene Foster added: “The Northern Ireland Tourist Board is helping to ensure that everyone coming to the region for the G8 receives a warm Northern Ireland welcome.
“We are working closely with Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, Fermanagh District Council and other G8 partners to develop opportunities to ensure that visitors not only get an authentic taste of Northern Ireland during their stay, but that they are also encouraged to stay for longer.
“Together with South West College, NITB is also working to provide training for the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors to ensure we have the skills to make the most of this unprecedented opportunity to showcase Northern Ireland on a local, national and international stage.”
Fermanagh District Council Chairman, Thomas O’Reilly said: “Fermanagh District Council is delighted to have received funding towards the revitalisation of Enniskillen. This initiative will address the poor physical and unattractive appearance of properties through the provision of funding to improve building facades and make Enniskillen a more attractive town for not only Fermanagh residents but for those visitors who will come to shop and do business in this unique town.”
“The Council would like to acknowledge and thank the Department for Social Development for providing this support and looks forward to working with the Department in the roll out of this very welcome investment for Enniskillen.”
Enniskillen Business Partnership Chairman, Joe Kelly said: “This is fantastic news which is most welcomed and much needed. The funding provides a huge opportunity for businesses to improve and enhance the front façade of their buildings and will ensure that Enniskillen continues to attract new business.”
Whilst in Enniskillen Minister McCausland took the opportunity to visit two other projects recently grant-aided through the DSD Neighbourhood Renewal Investment fund. These projects were the extension and refurbishment of Kilmacormick Resource Centre and the launch of the Going Places programme through the South West College.
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