The latest stage in major town centre investment in Larne gets under way this week with the commencement of Public Realm Improvement Works in the Point Street area.
Businesses on Point Street and Broadway will be open as normal throughout the works.
With a combined investment of over £530,000 from the Department for Communities and over £59,000 from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council - works will be concentrated on Point Street (between Broadway and the junction with Narrow Gauge Road) to upgrade thefootways with granite paving, re-surfacing of the roadand new street lighting to match the existing high quality Public Realm Scheme within the town centre.
The work is being carried out by the Department for Infrastructure and in order to complete it as quickly and safely as possible, Broadway and Point Street will be closed to traffic from 16 January until further notice (Monday to Saturday 8.30am - 6pm).
During the road closure, pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Noel Williams, said:
“The completion of this work will be another significant step in creating a town centre which is welcoming and attractive to shoppers and visitors. The new works will deliver high quality measures including paving which will improve the quality of the area and compliment the previously completed schemes in the town.
“We are very grateful for the patience and understanding of our businesses and citizens throughout the period of the works, and will communicate the very latest information as the project progresses.”
Gerard Murray, Director of the Department of Communities’ Regional Development Office said:
“Significant Public Realm improvements have been made throughout Larne’s town centre and this latest investment will positively enhance the area, provide tangible benefits for those who live and work in Larne, as well as visitors from further afield. This is part of an ongoing programme of much needed investment across towns and cities to improve public areas, neighbourhoods and communities which will deliver a wide range of social and economic outcomes.”
Public Realm Improvement Works have been delivered on a phased basis across the town centre since 2014 and Point Street is one of the few streets within the Larne town centre core that have yet to be upgraded. These schemes have been delivered as part of the Larne Town Centre Investment Plan and Town Centre Strategy, launched in March 2022.
The total cost of the scheme in Larne is £590,744.58 of which 90% (£531,669.58) will be funded by the Department for Communities and 10% (£59,075) will be funded by Mid and East Antrim Council.