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Lottery funding bid for major regeneration of Lurgan town centre

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A major programme to regenerate derelict buildings in the centre of Lurgan could be on the cards.

But it will depend on whether or not the funding can be won!

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council wants to initiatve a scheme to enhance the centre of the town.

The plan would be similar to that earmarked for Armagh City, which secured almost £2 million in Heritage Lottery funding to see the job done.

Indeed, Townscape Heritage funding was secured for Lurgan a number of years ago.

And, while some of the scheme was delivered by ‘Lurgan Forward’, it was not completed.

The ABC Council has now received confirmation from the Heritage Lottery Fund that it would be “receptive” to a fresh bid for funding for the Lurgan Conservation area.

This covers most of the main town centre – the retail core as it were – as well as some of the side streets.

Councillors have been told that, while some initial preparatory work has been undertaken to determine the potential scope of the cheme, both officer time and external specialist consultant input will be required to prepare a quality application.

Based on work undertaken to prepare the successful Armagh application, it has been recommended that £35,000 be set aside by council to carry out a Conservation Area appraisal.

And, in order to get the bid in on time, it is expected that consultants would have to appointed during the summer months to see the work through.

Councillors are expected to approve the expenditure.

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