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Work complete on city’s street regeneration

SOCIAL Development Minister Nelson McCausland has hailed the completion of street works at College Street, in Armagh, the latest phase of the £5.7 million city centre regeneration project.

This additional public realm scheme in the College Street area of Armagh – at a cost of £191,000 – complements the works already carried out across Armagh, the Minister said.

The College Street scheme includes enhanced streetscape, improved perceptions of safety at night, and enhanced linkages with the Mall area.

Discussing the Armagh scheme today (Monday), Minister McCausland said: “Armagh is an historical city with a rich architectural heritage, but just like our other towns and cities, it faces the challenge of remaining competitive in the current economic climate. The recently completed public realm works in the College Street area of the city centre have opened up a new gateway to Armagh’s famous Mall (pictured).

“Regeneration initiatives like this one can transform our towns and cities, offering new facilities, which enhance the local trading and shopping experience. I am also encouraged by the dedication and commitment of both Armagh Council and the Department for Regional Development to ensure this project’s success. ”

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has said that his Department was pleased to contribute £30,000 to the scheme by providing the necessary engineering design and construction skills of his Roads Service staff.

“The quality of the finished product will serve the people of Armagh and its visitors for many years to come,” he commented.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City and District Council, Councillor Sharon Haughey-Grimley, added: “The completion of the public realm scheme in College Street will help connect this key entry point to the city centre with the iconic Mall.

“Throughout the recession, Armagh has held its own, due to its resilient and high quality independent businesses and the strong partnership ethos with Armagh’s City Centre Management Committee.”

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