Reinvigoration of North Channel Partnership aims to boost economy

P&O ferries link Larne and Scotland.

MID and East Antrim Borough Council will welcome delegates from two Scottish Councils this summer with a focus on increasing connectivity, exploring cultural connections and improving infrastructure.

The Council is to invite elected members and officials from Dumfries & Galloway and South Ayrshire Council to the Borough in August.

The visit will mark the reinvigoration of the North Channel Partnership Group which was established in 1999.

The partnership was originally set up to secure the funding and infrastructure for the A8 in Northern Ireland and the A75 in Scotland, which is yet to be completed.

It would be a significant trans-European route which, when completed, will exploit the economic potential for both council areas.

Chair of the Borough Growth Committee, Councillor Gregg McKeen, welcomed the proposal and said it would offer a number of potential opportunities to grow the economy and build upon relationships.

“By facilitating this visit it will give us the opportunity to tap into a lot of experience from Dumfries & Galloway and South Ayrshire Councils.

“Re-establishing the North Channel Partnership means we can go beyond the original partnership and concentrate heavily on connectivity and improving infrastructure.

“If we do all we can to further these areas then we can benefit from good infrastructure links to key gateways. It is paramount that we build links with other Councils.”

The Mayor, Councillor Maureen Morrow, Councillor Greg McKeen and Councillor Danny Donnelly will represent Mid and East Antrim on the North Channel Partnership.

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