23/12/2011

McCausland Announces Funding For Town Heritage Trail In Ballycastle

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced joint funding of a heritage trail in Ballycastle with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

Total cost of the scheme is £152,000 with both Departments contributing £71,000. Moyle District Council is also contributing £10,000.

Minister McCausland said: “This heritage trail will encourage more people to come into Ballycastle town centre spend time there and learn more about the rich history and culture of the town.

“Some visitors to the seafront part of the town are unaware of what Ballycastle town centre has to offer. This heritage trail is a novel and fun way to encourage people to explore the town centre, and bringing more people into the town centre should have a positive impact on the local economy.”

Arlene Foster, Tourism Minister said: “Ballycastle has a unique heritage and conservation tradition and is also a key coastal resort. This investment in the Heritage Trail will help visitors uncover the natural, built and cultural heritage associated with the town.

“I am confident that the heritage trail will become a major attraction for visitors on the Causeway Coastal Route journey and indeed the Causeway Coast and Glens destination. The local tourism economy will also enjoy the economic and social benefits of welcoming more visitors to the town centre.”

The town heritage trail is being taken forward on behalf of Moyle District Council by the Ballycastle Town Partnership. The Chairman of Moyle District Council Padraig McShane said he “welcomed the investment from DSD and DETI, to support the Councils desire to improve the link between Ballycastle’s seafront and town centre”.

Inspector Bryan Hume, Chairman of the Ballycastle Town Partnership commented “there are many reasons to stop off and enjoy the beauty of Ballycastle. The heritage trail is designed to enhance that experience, help the visitor learn more about the history and culture of the town before sampling the diverse shopping experience that this market town offers through its many independent traders”.

Contractors will be appointed early in 2012 to put in place the necessary signage and way markers. All works are due to be completed before Easter 2012.

(GK)

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