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Gildernew improving life for Ardglass fishing community

4 November, 2009

Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA today visited the fishing community of Ardglass to celebrate the completion of environmental improvement schemes totalling £1.3million.

Restoration work was carried out in a number of streets and Inner Dock area as part of the village-wide enhancement project, with new gateway features, artwork, heritage and conservation trail complementing the overall scheme. DARD’s financial contribution to the project, delivered by Down District Council, was £1.1million, supporting the South Down Fishing Taskforce’s plan to invest £5million of Integrated Development Funding in County Down’s fishing dependent communities of Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie.

Speaking during her visit to Ardglass, the Minister congratulated the local community for the strategic partnership approach taken in improving the socio-economic fabric of the village.

The Minister said: “Today’s launch is the culmination of a successful partnership involving the local community and Down District Council in delivering the largest of 55 projects funded through the South Down Fishing Taskforce. The Taskforce was established to not only deliver additional financial support to our local fishing industry but also, through Integrated Development Funding, to support good projects benefiting the wider fishing dependent communities.

“The village-wide environmental improvement scheme will hopefully serve as an incentive for Down District Council to continue its partnership with the local community to realise the full tourism potential that Ardglass undoubtedly possesses.

“I would like to congratulate Down District Council for planning and delivering the scheme, the local community development groups for their support, time and effort, and the design team, architects and contractors who have delivered a scheme that will benefit the village for years to come.”

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