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Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Lisbane
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 47,596.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 13/11/2013 - 31/08/2014

PROJECT SUMMARY

To expand the current playpark provision in Lisbane to make it more suitable for the needs of a wider range of young people.

BACKGROUND

An integrated Village Plan identified the need for a safe play area as one of the main needs of the village. There was an existing play facility, but it catered primarily for the needs of younger children. They had nothing suitable for children who were 12 or older. The project proposed the addition of a multi-play unit for older children, a rope swing unit, and signage.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP allowed the applicant to install fencing and gate, safety surfacing, seating, teenage multiplay area, teenage rope swing, and signage.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Newtownards
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 101,596.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 07/9/2011 - 16/05/2014

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project was to recruit a Village Renewal support officer who will work with each local authority and at least 22 villages across the DRAP area over a 2 year period.

BACKGROUND

Due to a lack of infrastructure, rural areas and communities can become isolated and deprived of essential services and modern facilities. DRAP funding was available specifically to address those lacks, however many of the areas most in need lacked the capacity to deliver full and compliant applications. Therefore it was decided to appoint a Village Renewal Support officer.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP enabled the applicant to appoint a Village Renewal support officer and provide him the equipment needed to carry out the responsibilities of the role.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Portaferry
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 18,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 24/4/2014- 30/09/2014

PROJECT SUMMARY

To produce a feasibility study of access the potential for turning the Jetty and Boat Park at Cooke Street into a commercial, tourist and marine leisure facility.

BACKGROUND

To produce a feasibility study of Cooke Street Jetty, Portaferry to investigate options and costs and to make recommendation for the development of the Jetty and Boat Park at Cooke Street into a commercial, tourist and marine leisure facility.

ACTIVITIES

To appoint a consultant to undertake a feasibility study this includes an engineer’s report, a commercial appraisal and a financial appraisal.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Ballywalter
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 18,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 24/04/2014 - 30/09/2014

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project is to commission a feasibility study of Ballyhalbert Harbour

BACKGROUND

The proposed project is for a feasibility study of Ballyhalbert Harbour to investigate options and costs and to make recommendations for the development of the harbour into a commercial, tourist and marine leisure facility

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP allowed the applicant to commission a feasibility study

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Ballywalter Harbour
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 18,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 23/4/2014 - 30/09/2014

PROJECT SUMMARY

To produce a feasibility study on turning Ballywalter Harbour into a commercial, tourist and marine leisure facility.

BACKGROUND

The applicant applied for funding to produce a feasibility study of Ballywalter Harbour, investigating the potential for developing the harbour into a commercial, tourist and marine leisure facility.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP allowed the applicant to develop a feasibility study on Ballywalter Harbour.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Portavogie
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 421,554.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 14/12/2011 - 22/10/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project was provide an enhanced coastal Promenade.

BACKGROUND

The Promenade was a popular site for tourists and locals due to the views and facilities, however it was in a poor state of repair. In order to improve access to the shore the applicant wanted to repair the walkway, add a railing, improve the lighting, and provide seating areas.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP allowed the applicant to carry out construction work on the walkway, upgrade the site furniture, install lighting and monitoring equipment.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Strangford Lough
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 28,657.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 08/10/2013 - 31/05/2014

PROJECT SUMMARY

To develop a visitor passport publication to give visitors a reason to stay longer and spend more money in the Strangford Lough area.

BACKGROUND

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board designated Strangford Lough as one of nine key areas to develop and promote. As part of that project Ards Borough Council applied for funding to fill a gap in the marketing of Destination Strangford Lough, developing, producing, distributing and promoting (in partnership with local tourism providers) a visitor passport publication. 

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP allowed the applicant to design, print and distribute a passport booklet, along with publicity and advertising for the product.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Millisle
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 5,748.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 19/10/2011 - 03/02/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project was to add to the visitor appeal of Millisle's scenic playpark location by extending the playpark offer to adults and older people. In order to encourage more visitors to Millisle’s scenic playpark, the Council added adult fitness equipment to the site.  

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP allowed the Council to add an Air Skier, Air Walker, The Rider, Big Shoulder Wheel and a Tai Chi Spinner to Millisle playpark.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Portavogie
County: Antrim
Total Cost: £ 421,554.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 14/12/ - 2011- 22/10/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

To provide an enhanced coastal Promenade in Portavogie that will safeguard the structural integrity and long term sustainability of the Promenade, developing an asset that will enhance the tourism product of Portavogie.

BACKGROUND

Portavogie is a small rural village on the east cost of the Ards Peninsula and is one of the main fishing ports in Northern Ireland. It is also a popular area for locals and tourists, but the poor state of repair the Promenade is in limits access to the shore. The project proposed would repair the promenade and safeguard its future sustainability.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP helped the applicant to carry out construction and enhancement work on the Portavogie Promenade.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Strangford
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 7,800.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 03/2/2011 - 31/03/2011

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project was to commission and complete a feasibility study to research and present options on the development of the Floodgates walk as one of the key access points to Strangford Lough

BACKGROUND

The Floodgates is an area of sea/lough defense at the top of Strangford Lough at Newtownards. It is a walk that is often used by local people, but Ards Borough Council believed that it could be better branded, promoted and integrated with other walking and cycling routes in the Borough like the Comber Greenway. However complicated ownership issues presented a risk of problems with development, promotion and maintenance.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP allowed the applicant to commission a consultant to complete a feasibility study for the Floodgates Walking Route. This included reviewing land ownership and rights of way, identifying and scoping potential co-operation working, assessing potential development of the walk (including costs) and considering the environmental impacts of such development.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Strangford
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 108,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 04/2/2011 - 31/05/2011

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project was to increase the revenue and employment in the area by implementing a programme of marketing activity to raise the awareness of Strangford Lough as a tourism destination.

BACKGROUND

Strangford Lough is a natural asset with the potential to attract additional visits into the local authority areas. However, before this project it had limited individual tourism promotion. Local authorities, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), and the local tourism industry recognised that this asset could give the tourism industry the potential for great return if correctly marketed. So they approached DRAP for funding to run an integrated marketing, PR and tourism campaign that would raise the profile of the location.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP helped the applicant commission a website, promotional display materials and various other PR materials.

Ards Borough Council

SUMMARY

Name: Ards Borough Council
Location: Strangford Lough
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 230,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 10/6/2010 - 31/03/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project was to develop better access to Strangford Lough by developing and improving its waterway infrastructure thus increasing number of boat visitors. 

BACKGROUND

Strangford Lough is the largest inlet in the British Isles and is a popular tourist attraction. This project aimed to improve access to the Lough for sailors, thereby encouraging tourism, using the installation of navigation aids, replacing the basic provisions that existed previously, and a speed buoy system on the Lough.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP helped the applicant install navigation aids and a speed buoy system in the Lough.