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Funds boost for town regeneration
NIO minister David Hanson
NIO minister David Hanson has welcomed Portadown plan
Plans to transform Portadown have been given a boost by the government.

The Department for Social Development has offered more than 600,000 to a regeneration firm to implement the town's development framework.

Proposals include developing the River Bann, a new health centre, regenerating eight sites for shops and offices and building homes near the town centre.

Minister for Social Development David Hanson said it was an "exciting and ambitious strategy".

He said the plans would "bring significant physical, social and economic benefits to local people" in the County Armagh town.

"DSD looks forward to working in partnership with Portadown 2000 and others to achieve real progress and to revitalise the town," Mr Hanson said.

The initial areas earmarked for development include Shillington's and Foundry Street, the Pleasure Gardens, the Obins area, the former Gaswork's site, Woodhouse Street, Market Street and High Street, Edward Street to Meadow Lane, Cecil Street, Hanover Street, Carleton Street, Fair Green and Tavanagh.

Funding of 607,500 has been made available from the Integrated Development Fund for the development.

The regeneration is to be carried out by Portadown 2000, which was set up in 1994.

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