Let's all work to improve West Bay

COLERAINE Borough Council has made good progress in bringing forward a comprehensive environmental improvement scheme to assist in revitalising the West Bay area.

The scheme that aims to develop Station Square, Kerr Street Green and the West Bay Promenade will be lead by the Paul Hogarth Company.

The West Bay area is in need of rejuvenation and Council is encouraging local residents, business owners, community groups and all those with an interest in the town to become involved in the planning process. A public consultation event will be held on Thursday 4th March in Portrush Town Hall. People are invited to come along, meet with the consultants and have their say in the shaping of the design and vision for this area.

Mayor of Coleraine, Cllr Sandy Gilkinson, said; "Funding for the proposed environmental improvement scheme is not yet secured but Council is confident a bid for central government financial support will be successful. The high level design and the economic appraisal for the scheme are essential elements to the funding application process."

Following an extremely competitive tendering process the high level design and economic appraisal contract has been awarded to the Paul Hogarth Company, a very experienced and highly qualified contractor. Andrew Haley, Director of Paul Hogarth Company, added; "The West Bay area injects such important life and character into Portrush yet it could perform much better.

"It is the aim of the West Bay project to identify what improvement could be made to help the area fulfil its potential for the benefit of local people and visitors."

Members of the public are warmly welcomed and encouraged to join Council representatives and the Paul Hogarth Company at an initial consultation event being held on Thursday in Portrush Town Hall from 12.30pm – 2pm and 5.30pm – 7pm. Council hope that this workshop will inform the design process and ensure that the proposals developed benefit both the potential area and the local community.For further information please contact the Development Services Unit at Coleraine Borough Council on (028) 7034 7044.

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