Funding boost for Derry’s shops

DSD Minister Nelson McCausland.
DSD Minister Nelson McCausland.

A funding boost of £223,000 has been announced to improve shop fronts in Derry city centre.

Social Development minister Nelson McCausland said the money will be for the ReStore project and will be spent in the William Street, Castle Street and Duke Street areas of the city.

“I am very pleased to announce funding to deliver further regeneration within the city’s commercial areas. I am very keen to build upon the success of earlier projects delivered by my Department which have had a positive impact for the businesses which benefitted.

“This investment will help to improve the appearance of shop fronts in these three city centre locations making them more attractive to residents and tourists alike,” he said.

The Mayor of Derry, councillor Martin Reilly, also welcomed the funding package. “The ReStore project is an important city centre regeneration scheme that will significantly improve the external façades of commercial premises located along key streetscapes. This project compliments the work undertaken by Council as part of the recent completed Dereliction Improvement Scheme and also the ongoing heritage regeneration projects being delivered by the Walled City Partnership. Council is delighted to be involved in this partnership arrangement alongside DSD’s North West Development Office and City Centre Initiative.”

Jim Roddy from the City Centre Initiative said it will improve the appearance of the city’s shopping districts. “City Centre Initiative are delighted to continue to work with our partners to deliver the ReStore project. Over the last number of years the project has proved invaluable by improving the streetscape of the city centre. It has also complimented the numerous other regeneration projects which have and are currently being delivered on behalf of the city,” he said.

The works are scheduled to commence in December 2013 and will be completed by 31 March 2014.