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Tuesday, 9 July, 2002, 21:25 GMT 22:25 UK
Funding boost for interface areas
North Belfast: Tensions remain high
Tensions remain high in parts of north Belfast
Some of Northern Ireland's most deprived areas are set to benefit from a 12m funding package to help tackle the legacy of the Troubles.

Twelve communities, including interface areas such as north Belfast which has witnessed recent sectarian violence, are to receive in the region of 1m for urban regeneration.

Parts of Londonderry, Strabane, Downpatrick, Coleraine, Craigavon and Ballymena will also benefit from the funding.

The cash boost was announced on Tuesday by Social Development Minister Nigel Dodds.

Nigel Dodds: Made funding announcement
Nigel Dodds: Made funding announcement

Mr Dodds said tackling disadvantage and building communities were key challenges for his department.

"The 12 neighbourhoods selected for financial help are among the most deprived electoral wards in Northern Ireland and eight of the neighbourhoods are interface areas," he said.

"Regeneration can only be successful when government works with local communities and communities will be at the heart of this funding initiative."

The projects are part of the EU Peace II programme.


This money presents an opportunity to reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society

Nigel Dodds
Social Development Minister

The money will be delivered through local partnership structures and Mr Dodds said it would be based on a community-led assessment of the needs of each area.

He added: "This money presents an opportunity to reinforce progress towards a peaceful and stable society through the improvement of economic, environmental and social conditions of neighbourhoods suffering the worst effects of the conflict. "

The money is in addition to the 11m EU Urban II funding announced earlier this year for inner north Belfast.

The minister also confirmed that his department's new urban regeneration strategy for Northern Ireland would be published later in the year.

He said it would provide a framework for targeting resources at other neighbourhoods suffering high levels of deprivation and social exclusion.

Funding areas

  • Belfast: Short Strand, Lower Newtownards Road, Albertbridge Road, Mount Road; Lower Springfield, Cavendish and Beechmount/Ainsworth; Donegall Road/Roden Street and Rockmount; The Markets, Lower Ormeau, Donegall Pass.

  • Londonderry: Brandywell/The Fountain; Gobnascale/Irish Street; Tullyalley/Curryneirin

  • Strabane: Fountain, Springhill Park.

  • Downpatrick: Model Farm, New Model Farm, Flying Horse.

  • Coleraine: Ballysally.

  • Craigavon: Ardowen, Legahory, Burnside, Parkmore, Drumellen.

  • Ballymena: Ballykeel

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