Councillor ‘seeks clarity as to why Portglenone is excluded from Covid grants scheme’

Portglenone. Picture: Google Maps.

A COUNCILLOR is “seeking clarity from Mid & East Antrim Council to why businesses in Portglenone are excluded from making applications to the Town centre grants scheme”.

The grant of up £2,000 allows businesses to adapt to the new scenario caused by combating coronavirus.

Bannside councillor, Ian Friary, in a statement to ‘Ballymena Daily,’ said: “I am in the dark as to why businesses in Portglenone are excluded from this fund. Businesses in the town, like elsewhere, were heavily impacted by Covid_19.

“The grant is open to retailers, coffee shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, hair and beauty & health businesses among others.

“Given the number of businesses across these sectors in Portglenone that pay business rates and therefore deserve assistance this situation needs clarified and addressed urgently.”

A Mid & East Antrim Borough Council press release had, earlier this week, said: ‘Eligible businesses in the town centres and large villages are now able to apply for grants from £500 up to £2,000 through the Covid-19 Revitalisation Recovery Programme.’

The press release added: ‘Businesses in the town centres of Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus, as well as the villages of Ahoghill, Broughshane, Cullybackey and Whitehead who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to apply for the grants’.

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