16/02/2015

North Belfast Selected For Urban Village Project

The Ardoyne and Ballysillan areas of north Belfast have been selected for the establishment of the latest urban village project.

First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness announced the project under the Executive's good relations and anti-sectarianism strategy 'Together: Building a United Community'.

Mr Robinson said: "The creation of a further Urban Village project in Ardoyne and Ballysillan underpins this commitment and will make further strides to help tackle division, dereliction and decay and support communities to live together in a united and reconciled society. This project aims to create strong, healthy and happy communities through significant investment in local communities and infrastructure."

Mr McGuinness said: "The Executive is keen to provide residents every opportunity to design and contribute to their future. This includes decisions regarding the development of amenities and the overall infrastructure in the area. With people who live in these areas identifying priorities and making key decisions there will be a renewed sense of ownership and pride."

(IT/MH)

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