Gilford monies to mural and shop front schemes

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A£23,500 Department of Social Development “Areas at Risk” grant has been made available to Gilford.

The monies are to be divided between a mural project and shop front scheme in the village.

DUP MLA Sydney Anderson Anderson stated, “It is positive to hear that the Regional Development Office have approved funding of £23,500 for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council under the Gilford Areas at Risk programme which will be administrated in conjunction with the Gilford Community Forum, an umbrella organisation for all the various community groups in Gilford. This funding will facilitate the purchase of small items of equipment to assist in the community forum’s programme delivery such as computers and stationary items.

This funding will also be used to deliver a mural project in Bridge Street/ Stramore Road. This project is the brainchild of Gilford Concerned Residents Group who have lobbied with me in this regard.

Chairman of Gilford Concerned Residents Group Mr Timothy Mayes stated,

“I fully welcome news that funding of £23,500 will be provided to the village through the Gilford Areas at Risk programme. This funding will be put to good use in the community and local residents will be pleased to see improvements in the village being carried out as a result of this funding. Whilst some of the funding will be used for a mural project I also welcome the fact that some of the money will be used to carry out a shop front scheme to two premises. There are a number of vacant properties in the village and through this programme it is proposed that these properties be painted, the windows be boarded up and that vinyl images be installed on the boards. Ultimately this funding was of great benefit in the past and hopefully it will keep Gilford moving forward.”