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Storey Says £2.1 Million Public Realm Scheme Re-energises Ballynahinch

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey MLA has visited Ballynahinch to mark the completion of a £2.1million scheme to improve the area. The Public Realm scheme has seen much-needed improvements to footpaths, street furniture, planting and lighting throughout the town centre. While in Ballynahinch the Minister also viewed the progress of…

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NIIRTA Welcomes New DSD Minister

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has welcomed the appointment of the new DSD Minister Mervyn Storey MLA. NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said: “NIIRTA welcomes the appointment of Mervyn Storey as DSD Minister and urge him to make Town Centre Regeneration his top priority. Northern Ireland has twice…

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McCausland Announces Pilots For First Business Improvement Districts

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland today (Thursday 29 March) announced the successful applicants for participation in the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) pilot programme. Seven areas – Newry, Enniskillen, Belfast Lisburn Road, Strabane, Belfast Cathedral Quarter, Belfast City Centre and Ballymena – will each receive extensive capacity-building support and training through…

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Allliance Call For Action Over Liquor Licensing Law Problems

Alliance Down District Councillor Patrick Clarke has called on the Minister for Social Development to review the current legislation regarding licensing laws.  He has also asked that provision be made for reminding publicans and landlords that their liquor licenses are due for renewal. Following the shiock when teh Crown Bar…

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McCausland Announces £5.5 Million Investment For Newtownards

Newtownards is set to benefit from a multi-million pound investment for a public realm scheme announced by Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland. The Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department for Social Development, will fund £3million of the £5.5million public realm scheme with the remainder from Ards Borough Council. The funding…

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Welfare Reform Study Says It All – Social Housing Under The Microscope

Research Published On The Impact Of Welfare Reform On Social Housing Tenants. The Department for Social Development has today published research on the impact of the proposed housing benefit reforms on the social rented sector.  The Impact of the Housing Benefit Reforms on the Social Rented Sector: A Study for…

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DSD Gives £255,000 To Help Transform Newcastle As A Tourist Destination

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of £255,000 for an innovative set of measures to revitalise Newcastle town centre. The project will include the procurement of a portable cinema, a covered outdoor event space and the development of a gateway feature for the town. This will be followed…

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