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It’s Business As Usual For Newtownards!

TUESDAY 04 NOVEMBER 2014

Newtownards traders have praised the ongoing Public Realm work in Newtownards town centre.

Speaking on behalf of local business owners, Leigh Nelson, President of the Chamber of Trade for Newtownards commented:

 “From a trader’s point of view we have been waiting for this work to take place for a while and are glad that it is now happening and making quick progress.  The traders I have spoken to are pleased with the way Contractor FP McCann has worked alongside us to make sure business needs are met, for example by planning their schedule so that they will not be working in key areas over the Christmas period.  The town centre has been as busy and bustling as normal, meaning business as usual for local traders!”

Heather Lavery, proprietor of Sheldon Galleries, Newtownards is also supportive of the project’s progress:

 “I am delighted that the town is getting a face lift- change is good!  The work so far has gone very smoothly and cars can still easily access the town to allow people to shop.”

The Mayor of Ards, Councillor Philip Smith is quick to praise the team involved:

 “To deliver any large scale Public Realm project is a huge task, moreso when it is in the middle of a busy shopping town.  This is why I am delighted that feedback from local traders has been so positive and I attribute this to the hard work of Ards Borough Council’s Public Realm Team and its consultants URS, The Newtownards Chamber of Trade, and Contractor FP McCann who have collaborated to ensure that business needs are met while work is being carried out, and visitors can still easily access our shops and restaurants.”

“There will be some disruption while Public Realm work continues and I would like to thank traders and residents for their patience so far and ask for their continued support.”

The project is one of three Public Realm schemes taking place in the Ards Borough which are being match-funded by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and delivered by Ards Borough Council.  Work is also taking place in Donaghadee and Comber.

The investment, of over £10M, is intended to reinvigorate the town centres, transforming their visual appearance and enhancing their appeal as a place to visit and shop, generating a positive economic impact.  All three towns will benefit from new paving, lighting, planting, seating and signage.