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New Wall Art Arrives In Antrim

The Mayor, Councillor Paul Michael, unveils the new art installation at Antrim Police Station with Constable Peter Lally, Holly Geddis (Antrim PS) and Matthew Brown (St. Comgall’s PS).

You may have noticed some new graphics being installed at Antrim Police Station. The Antrim Town Team and Antrim District Electoral Area (DEA) Councillors, have been working hard behind the scenes to help improve the gateway entrance into Antrim Town.

The walls of Antrim Police Station were selected as the perfect place to promote key attractions of the town centre, within walking distance. Along with the key attraction graphics, a cross community art project with local schools, Antrim Primary and St. Comgall’s Primary took place with artist Janet Crymble. The artwork they designed, which can be seen on the corner of the police station walls, brings to life how the children see Antrim, full of history and heritage.

The Mayor, Councillor Paul Michael, unveils the new art installation at Antrim Police Station with local Councillors, PSNI officers, pupils and teachers from Antrim Primary School and St. Comgall’s Primary School.

The Mayor, Councillor Paul Michael, unveils the new art installation at Antrim Police Station with local Councillors, PSNI officers, pupils and teachers from Antrim Primary School and St. Comgall’s Primary School.

Sense of Pride

Speaking at the unveiling of the school art project, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Michael commented: “We hope to draw more people to visit Antrim through this project, help increase a sense of pride in our town and strengthen the sense of community. Everyone can have fun picking out relevant images in the art and visit these places as they make their way around the town.”

For more information on Town Team projects, T. 028 9446 3113 ext. 31344

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Last Call for Rural Business Development Grant Applications!

Are you a small business in a rural area of the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough that would benefit from a grant of up to £4,999? Then make sure you apply for the Rural Business Development Grant Scheme!

Applications are currently being accepted by the Council on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) through the Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme (TRPSI) with a deadline of 12pm on Friday 30 July.  
 
The grant of up to £4,999, at a 50% grant rate is applicable to capital items such as equipment, machinery, computers and an e-commerce website. To be eligible to apply, the business must have less than 10 full-time equivalent employees and not have benefitted from the grant previously. 
 
Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb commented: “There isn’t long left before the application process closes, so I would encourage the small rural businesses of the Borough to apply now. With just under £5k available to these businesses, this can be a great helping hand to those that are recovering from the impacts of the pandemic, as well as the opportunity to grow and develop their business. On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank DAERA for the £62k funding made available for these grants as well as absorbing the staff costs.”  
 
Applications close at 12pm on 30 July 2021. For more information including eligibility criteria or to apply visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ruralbusinessgrants or text Business Rural to 80039. 

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Plans Approved to Secure the Future of Steeple House

Works are set to begin at one of Antrim’s most historic sites to refurbish Steeple House to its former glory. A Grade B+ listed building, Steeple House sits within a 17 acre parkland site which also includes the Antrim Round Tower, a scheduled monument which served as a bell-tower and place of refuge from raiders and is one of only two complete towers remaining in Northern Ireland.  

Once the location of a former medieval monastery, Steeple House was built in 1827 by the Fawcett family and later became the headquarters for Antrim Borough Council. A fire in July 2019 caused extensive damage to the listed building including the loss of its roof.   

Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Planning Committee, Alderman Fraser Agnew MBE said: “I am delighted that the plans approved by the Committee this evening will secure this important part of our local heritage. The plans ensure that Steeple House will be restored to its pre-fire condition, respecting the character, architecture and historic interest of the building. The planning proposal also received support and was commended by the Historic Environment Division, the Department responsible for listed buildings in Northern Ireland.”  

In addition to the refurbishment of Steeple House, there are plans by the Council for the wider park including new interpretive signage and pathways to promote greater access to the site, showcasing the Round Tower as a unique feature. Plans are also being developed by a third party to develop a section of the site as a healthcare facility. 

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