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Market On The Move!


Market On The Move

Newtownards market is on the move from Conway Square to Kennel Lane car park.

The Saturday market will be temporarily relocated from January to May 2015 to allow Public Realm Work to take place in the area.

The Mayor of Ards, Councillor Philip Smith, said:

 “I would like to thank Clive O’Neill, who represents the market traders who will move location temporarily to accommodate the redevelopment of Conway Square as part of the ongoing Public Realm work in Newtownards.”


“This is a scheme of major significance, which will create a new look for Newtownards, improving the town’s landscape for businesses, residents and visitors.”

Clive O’Neill, who represents the popular Newtownards market, said:

 “I am delighted to assist the Council by moving the market to Kennel Lane on a temporary basis to allow works to take place.  Myself and the other market traders are looking forward to the transformation of Conway Square and the wider town, and hope that it will bring even more trade to Newtownards.”

The £5.5M Newtownards Public Realm scheme seeks to develop Conway Square and the surrounding streets, including Regent Street, Frances Street, Castle Place, and Gibson’s Lane by replacing kerbs and paving, and updating street lighting and street furniture.

The new design will reflect the history of the town, retaining the Blair Mayne Statue and TT Memorial within their existing setting, with natural stone paving selected for Conway Square and the surrounding footpaths, and lighting columns chosen to match the existing street lights.

Curved street furniture and bespoke seating, including sections with back rest, alongside feature lighting and contemporary style litter bins and bollards, will create a modern look for the town centre.   

New trees will also be planted, and Conway Square will benefit from enhanced power and water supplies, as part of the project.

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 in an investment totalling over £10M.  Work is also taking place in Donaghadee and Comber.