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Peter J. Martin
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Donaghadee - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Capital Works Programme to refurbish Queen’s Parade

Wednesday 30th May 2012

I am delighted that Town Centre Management are putting in place a capital works programme to refurbish the Queens Parade area whilst the Masterplan moves through its early phases. Firstly, let’s be in no doubt, I published a timescale for the Masterplan in November of last year on my website and outlined that it would be at least late 2017 by the time the work was finally completed. That of course is contingent on the developers acquiring the massive capital investment they need to move the project forward. It is marvellous therefore that TCM have grabbed the initiative and decided [with the cooperation of the owners of the site] to redevelop ‘the gap’ in a very innovative way.

I am delighted that Town Centre Management are putting in place a capital works programme to refurbish the Queens Parade area whilst the Masterplan moves through its early phases. Firstly, let’s be in no doubt, I published a timescale for the Masterplan in November of last year on my website and outlined that it would be at least late 2017 by the time the work was finally completed. That of course is contingent on the developers acquiring the massive capital investment they need to move the project forward. It is marvellous therefore that TCM have grabbed the initiative and decided [with the cooperation of the owners of the site] to redevelop ‘the gap’ in a very innovative way. 

Work is already underway and the main funding is being sought from the Department of Social Development in the region of £150,000. Other agencies are being asked to provide some form of payment in kind in a variety of ways. This funding will provide a whole range of new facilities for the site, to mention just a few: 

  • A general refurbishment and tidy up of the whole site 
  • Community art work and a community herb garden 
  • Beach huts for town markets and stalls 
  • An electrical infrastructure with provision of toilet facilities 
  • An outdoor midnight cinema 
  • A cage football pitch 
  • A beach volleyball court 

This will be a marvellous step forward for the sea front. Naturally there will some who will look negatively at these developments but it is always easier to see the downside of situations and I would always prefer to look forward rather than backward. These developments when completed will not only give our seafront a very much needed facelift but also encourage our community to reengage with the town centre.”

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