MID and East Antrim Borough Council has welcomed a £350m commitment to bolster the proposed £1bn Belfast Region City Deal.
Chancellor Philip Hammond MP confirmed the significant funding package as he announced details of the Government’s Budget on Monday.
It came days after Belfast Region City Deal propositions were brought to Westminster as Mid and East Antrim, along with five partner councils, outlined their vision for the once in a generation bid which could deliver £1bn of co-investment and around 20,000 new jobs.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “This £350m commitment from the Chancellor is brilliant news for Mid and East Antrim and all six of the council areas involved in this vital bid.
“Belfast Region City Deal sets out a 10-year plan to grow the economy, boost jobs and tourism, increasing skills, encouraging investment and developing infrastructure.
“The substantial economic opportunity includes plans for around £80m of investment in Mid and East Antrim.
“This includes proposals to extend The Gobbins cliff path, the regeneration of Carrickfergus and the creation of an innovation and inspiration centre at the St Patrick’s site in Ballymena.”
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council along with East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson held an engagement event at Westminster last Wednesday morning.
This was followed by the Belfast Region City Deal Communications and Engagement Event in the Terrace Pavilion, hosted by the Belfast Region City Deal.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, alongside the other local authority partners, will continue to work in close collaboration with the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Northern Ireland Office, Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Treasury as well as our Universities and Further Education Colleges to move forward with the City Deal plans.
For more information on Belfast Region City Deal, visit: midandeastantrim.gov.uk/citydeal