Visit Announced To Boost North Channel Partnership

Members from two Scottish Councils are set to visit the Mid and East Antrim district later this summer to strengthen the North Channel Partnership.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will work together with Dumfries & Galloway and South Ayrshire Council to reinvigorate the North Channel Partnership Group.

First established in 1999, the partnership was originally set up to secure the funding and infrastructure for the A8 and the A75, which is yet to be completed. This road network would link right though to Holland.

It would be a significant trans-European route which, when completed, will exploit the economic potential for both council areas.
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During this summer's meeting the councils will focus on increasing connectivity, exploring cultural connections and improving infrastructure.

Chair of the Borough Growth Committee, Councillor Gregg McKeen said: "By facilitating this visit it will give us the opportunity to tap into a lot of experience from Dumfries & Galloway and South Ayrshire Councils.

"Re-establishing the North Channel Partnership means we can go beyond the original partnership and concentrate heavily on connectivity and improving infrastructure.

"If we do all we can to further these areas then we can benefit from good infrastructure links to key gateways. It is paramount that we build links with other Councils."

The Mayor, Councillor Maureen Morrow, Councillor Greg McKeen and Councillor Danny Donnelly will represent Mid and East Antrim on the North Channel Partnership.

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