Ards and North Down Councillor Joe Boyle has welcomed the commencement of the £350k partnership refurbishment programme of the Ards and North Down Borough Council-owned Market House facility located in the centre of Portaferry.
Councillor Boyle who welcomed the improvements said: “I am delighted that this project is now underway and expected to be completed by early July for all the all important uses within the community during the summer months.
“This has been a lengthy process over a prolonged period of time. I have been involved in numerous conversations with Council officials and representatives from Portaferry Regeneration Ltd ( PRL ) in how to best progress this overall scheme to the satisfaction of everyone along with the criteria surrounding the requirements for funding.
“This project will undoubtedly create a new freshness within the centre of Portaferry in what is a very architecturally historic building, synonymous with the centre of Portaferry itself.
“The refurbishment programme will clearly modernise the facility, both externally and internally for a greater use from a greater number of groups and organisations and act as a major catalyst with contributing to the overall economic development of the area that will filter throughout the entire Ards Peninsula and to the sustainability of a wider Ards and North Down Borough Council.”
Councillor Boyle added: “I would place on record my thanks to the Council Officers who have put a lot of time and effort into bringing this project to fruition. I would also commend Portaferry Regeneration Ltd for their efforts, commitment and co-operation to this project. It has been a fine example of partnership working whereby a win-win situation will be the outcome for everyone.”