£1.5 million ‘high speed’ internet initiative is major boost for St Patrick’s Barracks ‘science park’ plans

ONE and a half million pounds has been received by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to provide ‘high speed fibre to a number of strategic sites across the Borough’.

The detail was revealed in minutes of a ‘closed session’ of the Council.

It is understood the cash is part of £15 million which was earmarked for ten councils across Northern Ireland to bring high speed internet links.

When the initiative was first unveiled, Mid and East Antrim Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy said: “Strong connectivity is vital to economic growth and is at the heart of our plans to grow our economy in Mid and East Antrim.

“As our City Deal plans demonstrate, digital innovation is key to our blueprint to boost our economy, increase jobs and secure investment in Mid and East Antrim.

“For example, the former St Patrick’s barracks site, situated in Ballymena, has been earmarked as the location for multimillion pound next-generation science park, designed to arm local people with the skills to compete on a global stage as digital innovators and entrepreneurs and will be created through £26m set aside for the project through Belfast Region City Deal.


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