Alliance welcomes £255,000 DSD investment into Newcastle Town Centre

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the announcement by the Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland of a £255,000 boost to regenerate Newcastle as a top tourist destination. The measures to be funded by DSD and Down District Council include a portable cinema and a covered outdoor space to allow events all year round. A marketing campaign will also be launched to encourage more visitors to the coastal seaside town. Clarke stated “I am very pleased that plans for a portable cinema, marketing campaign and a covered outdoor space which will help to enhance Newcastle, promote the local economy as well as regenerate and help to grow Newcastle town centre have now secured this financial investment from DSD. “No doubt the £255,000 by DSD together with the remaining £32,000 coming from Down District Council will also help to further increase footfall into the popular seaside resort. “Newcastle since the completion of the public realm scheme a number of years ago has seen a dramatic increase in the number of visitors and tourists that visit, footfall alone has increased by over 400 per cent,” he claimed. Clarke added, “Through the combined efforts of the committee established under the Revitalisation project the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce, Down District Council and DSD, this further investment of £255,000 by DSD will help to continue to develop economic development and increased tourism potential in Newcastle.” The project will cost a total of £288,500 with DSD providing funding of £255,000 and Down District Council contributing the remaining £32,000.
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