ENVIRONMENT Minister Alex Attwood is to put up £1 million of funding to tackle some of Northern Ireland’s eyesores.
The SDLP MLA said the money will be split between Fermanagh, Belfast, Lisburn, Moyle and Down, and will be used to clear up hundreds of derelict sites which have become ‘blot on the landscapes’.
Belfast will receive a package worth £300,000 for work on areas including Broadway and the Crumlin Road.
A further £380,000 will go to Fermanagh in the run-up to the G8 conference.
Lisburn city centre is set to benefit from a £160,000 spruce up, Moyle gets £100,000 and the Ballynahinch, Newcastle and Downpatrick areas get £60,000.
It comes after similar sums of money were spent on Portrush and Portstewart ahead of the Irish Open last year, and for Derry/Londonderry’s year as City of Culture.
SDLP minister Mr Attwood said: “This is good news for many areas and a further step on my programme to attack dereliction across Northern Ireland.
“Fermanagh will be very much in the international spotlight next year as hosts for the G8 summit. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase its charms to the world.
“I was also keen to build on the very successful work done in Portrush and Portstewart last year. This funding means we will be able to extend the good work down the coast, removing eyesores in scenic coastal areas including Bushmills, Ballycastle, Waterfoot and Ballintoy.
“Lisburn is this year’s European City of Sport, and our investment will see many areas in the city centre being given a real spruce up. Downpatrick, Ballynahinch and Newcastle will benefit from the funding boosting in these historic and seaside areas.”