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Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Downpatrick
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 40,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 10/12/2013 - 30/06/2015

PROJECT SUMMARY

To develop a play park for the village of Ballykinlar and surrounding rural area.

ACTIVITIES

An integrated Village Plan identified the need for a safe play area as one of the main needs of the village. There was no other play parks or play facilities within the local area.  Funding from DRAP allowed the applicant to appoint a contractor to design and build the playpark.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Downpatrick
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 66,667.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : GROW South Antrim
Duration: 09/12/2013- 30/06/2015

PROJECT SUMMARY

To design and build a play park within the village of Clough.

ACTIVITIES

An integrated Village Plan identified the need for a safe play area as one of the main needs of the village. There was no other play parks or play facilities within the local area.  Funding from DRAP allowed the applicant to appoint a contractor to design and build the playpark.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Ballyhornan
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 10,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 01/2/2012-31/10/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of the project was to appoint a consultant to undertake a Village Plan for the Ballyhornan area. The Village Plan will be used to identify future projects which can be delivered for the benefit of the local community.

BACKGROUND

The village of Ballyhornan had fallen into disrepair due to substandard buildings – built as RAF housing before the base was evacuated – and inadequate infrastructure. Although there are avenues to improve the situation, they are not tenable until the village has a comprehensive village plan in place outlining the strategic direction of the community.

ACTIVITIES

DRAP funding enabled consultants to be appointed to produce a Village Plan which will be used to identify future projects which can be delivered for the benefit of the local community.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Downpatrick
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 82,290.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 01/02/2012-31/12/2013

PROJECT SUMMARY

The project aimed to commission footage of Strangford Lough and create four short films of approx 10mins.

BACKGROUND

In order to enhance awareness of Strangford Lough as a tourism and activity destination Down District Council commissioned footage of Strangford Lough, including specialized aerial and underwater footage, to showcase what is unique about Strangford. This footage was then used to create four short films of approx 10mins each.

ACTIVITIES

As a result of funding from DRAP, the Down District Council was able to commission footage for four seasonal films, produce 1000 DVDs for distribution and use the films for marketing purposes.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Downpatrick
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 114,230.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 20/11/2012-31/12/2013

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of the project is to undertake a marketing programme of identified activities to raise the profile of Mourne as a tourism destination and to provide a ‘Call to Action’ to generate tourism business.

ACTIVITIES

As a result of funding from DRAP, the Council was able to implement the marketing plan and raise public awareness of Mourne as a key destination.  As a result they carried out a range of marketing activities, including developing a website, marketing campaigns for TV, radio and press, production of an event calendar, creation of a series of printed route cards and the production of a photographic library of the Mournes.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Strangford
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 118,537.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 12/06/2012-20/01/2014

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this was to carry out a programme of marketing activities that would raise the awareness of Strangford.

BACKGROUND

In 2011 a marketing initiative was rolled out to improve awareness of Strangford Lough as a tourism destination. The aim of Destination Strangford was to build on and continue that initiative, using various marketing activities to attract more visitors and increase revenue and employment in the area.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP enabled the further development of a website, the creation of a print and online visitor guide and route guides and the establishment of a copyright free library of images.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Downpatrick
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 310,108.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 13 /03/2012-31/05/2014

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project was to improve walking opportunities in and around the village of Dundrum.

BACKGROUND

Dundrum is a small rural village that boasts a number of key local attractions, such as Dundrum Castle, Murlough Nature Reserve and Castlewellan Forest Park. Eager to encourage more tourism in the area, Down District Council applied for funding to improve the walking infrastructure in the village and surrounding area.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP helped develop the walkway from Dundrum Village to Dundrum Inner Bay. It also allowed Down District Council to construct a new section of pathway that extended the Dundrum Coastal Path.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Strangford
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 115,500.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 31/03/2011- 21/07/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project was to improve and upgrade existing facilities at Delamont Country Park to encourage more visitors and provide play facilities for children

BACKGROUND

Delamont Country Part is a popular tourist destination on the shores of Strangford Lough. In addition to the walks and stunning views that attract adults, they also offer a range of kid-friendly activities, such as a miniature railway, outdoor activity summer scheme, the ‘Big Bug Hunt’ and more. As a result the play area at Delamont Country Part was a popular destination for many young users, but had suffered significant wear and tear. It also needed to be d to meet current health and safety guidelines, and to be accessible to users with disabilities. .

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP helped the applicant install pathways, ramps, safety surfacing and the purchase and installation of children’s play equipment.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Dundrum
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 97,600.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 09/11/2010 - 31/07/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

To develop the Dundrum Main Street Car Park site so that it provides a quality stop-off for visitors along the Mourne Coastal Route.

BACKGROUND

As part of the Mournes Signature Action Plan Dundrum, which is on St Patrick’s Trail and is a gateway to the Mournes (both NITB signature projects), was identified as an area where the tourism infrastructure could be further developed. One element of that project was to make the Main Street Car Park Amenity Site a more attractive spot for tourists to stop and linger with the addition of more aesthetically pleasing site furniture, improved activity provision, upgraded entrance and signage and improved interpretation.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP helped to build the footpath, as well as providing furniture and signage.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Dundrum
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 75,232.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 09/11/2010-31/07/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

To redevelop the Dundrum Greenbanks so that it provides a quality stop-off location for visitors on the Mourne Coastal Route.

BACKGROUND

As part of the Mournes Signature Action Plan Dundrum, which is on St Patrick’s Trail and is a gateway to the Mournes (both NITB signature projects), was identified as an area where the tourism infrastructure could be further developed. One element of that project was to make the Greenbanks Amenity Site a more attractive spot for tourists to stop and linger with the addition of better activity provision, upgraded signage and interpretative panels, and a wildflower meadow.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP helped to build the play area and viewing area, as well as providing furniture and signage.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Dundrum
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 344,167.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 09/11/2010 - 31/07/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

To develop the Dundrum Inner Bay site so that it provides a quality stop-off for visitors along the Mourne Coastal Route.

BACKGROUND

As part of the Mournes Signature Action Plan Dundrum, which is on St Patrick’s Trail and is a gateway to the Mournes (both NITB signature projects), was identified as an area where the tourism infrastructure could be further developed. One element of that project was to make the Inner Bay Amenity Site a more attractive spot for tourists to stop and linger with the addition of better parker, upgraded signage, a playground, and an attractive viewing area overlooking Dundrum Inner Bay.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP helped to build the play area and viewing area, as well as providing furniture and signage.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Downpatrick
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 164,444.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 09/11/2010 - 31/07/2012

PROJECT SUMMARY

The aim of this project was to redevelop the Dundrum Twelve Arches site to provide a quality stop-off location for visitors on the Mourne Coastal Route.

BACKGROUND

The Twelve Arches, an ornate 12-arched bridge built in the 1830s, is a significant historical site in its own right. It also a convenient access point to other nearby, local attractions such as the seaside Murlough National Nature Reserve and the historic Slidderyford Dolmen standing stone in a nearby field. Despite the local attractions, the Twelve Arches Visitor Amenity site was unattractive and poorly laid out. The Down District Council approached DRAP for funding to help finance a redevelopment programme for the site.

ACTIVITIES

Funding from DRAP allowed the Down District Council to complete all construction work at the Twelve Arches site and furnish it with bins, seating and signage.

Down District Council

SUMMARY

Name: Down District Council
Location: Ballyhornan
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 10,000.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 31 May 2012 - 31 October 2012
Telephone: 02894820748

PROJECT SUMMARY

To appoint a consultant to undertake a Village Plan for the area. The Village Plan will be used to identify future projects which can be delivered for the benefit of the local community.

BACKGROUND

Up to now Ballyhornan did not have a village plan to enable residents, community groups and other stakeholder organisations within Ballyhornan to engage with each other and to develop a common vision for the area.