27/09/2002

Ballygawley community gets £1 million boost

The Social Development Minister has officially opened a £1 million project bringing new commercial, housing and social facilities to the Co Tyrone town of Ballygawley.

Funded jointly by the department and the IFI under the Community Regeneration Improvement Special Programme (CRISP), the initiative was also supported by Dungannon and South Tyrone Council, the Rural Community Network and the South Tyrone Area Partnership.

Under the lead of Ballygawley Area Development Association, the project covers two sites - one on Church Street providing three retail units, two apartments and office accommodation, and the other off Main Street providing two commercial units, three apartments and community space, all of which are currently fully let.

Unveiling the project, the Minister said: “This major project addresses the needs of Ballygawley at a number of different levels. It provides units for new and expanding businesses; it accommodates a playgroup and after-schools club; it creates a neutral meeting place for the use of all residents and it introduces modern flats which may well encourage young people to stay in the town.

"I commend the Development Association on their commitment and hard work over a number of years to bring this vision into reality.”

CRISP is jointly funded by the Department for Social Development and the IFI under the Disadvantaged Areas Initiative providing funding for community economic development projects in disadvantaged areas.

Mr Dodd's department contributed £347,600 to the CRISP project.

(MB)

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