BELFAST REGION CITY DEAL: JOINT COUNCIL FORUM

BELFAST REGION CITY DEAL: JOINT COUNCIL FORUM

Ards and North Down, together with Antrim and Newtownabbey, Belfast, Lisburn and Castlereagh, Mid and East Antrim and Newry, Mourne and Down councils, is actively involved in the development of the Belfast Region City Deal.  If successful, this deal will deliver a 10-year investment plan of around £1billion to increase economic growth by improving infrastructure, developing innovation and attracting more – and better – jobs through enhanced employability and skills.

All the councils involved are currently developing an agreed list of projects that will be used as the basis for further consultation and negotiation with the UK Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Civil Service. These projects must improve employment opportunities and be ready for delivery within a 10-year timescale.

Elected Members and Chief Executives of the six Councils met at Mossley Mill on 25 June to discuss plans and the key initiatives to bring the final proposition to fruition as part of the BCRD Joint Council Forum.

Local projects currently being considered include a regional park with greenways, heritage and tourism attractions; a waterfront investment plan and attractions in Bangor; and the development of an enterprise investment park.

The final agreed list of projects will be determined and presented to the UK Government in September 2018.  A decision on projects and the overall investment in the region will be made later in 2018.

For more information on the Belfast Region City Deal T. 028 9034 0050

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