Public Realm Scheme: Lisburn

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 24th January 2017.

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Photo of Trevor Lunn Trevor Lunn Alliance 2:45 pm, 24th January 2017

T9. Mr Lunn asked the Minister for Communities whether he knows of an anticipated start date for the public realm scheme in Lisburn and to give an assurance that the disastrous experience of the last public realm scheme will not be repeated. (AQT 694/16-21)

Photo of Paul Givan Paul Givan DUP

As the Member will know, it is the local council that ultimately tenders and manages the project, as it was with that scheme, and it has now been demonstrated that that was the right thing to do. Like the Member, I was frustrated with the way in which it was developed and the problems that that created. This scheme is the linkage scheme to connect into all the work that has been carried out. It is a £3·7 million scheme into which the council is putting a significant investment. It will ultimately manage the outworkings of that project, but, of course, local businesses will want to know how it will be implemented. The works are planned for the end of this year, but there will be engagement with local businesses on how it will be taken forward.

Photo of Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy Deputy Speaker

Unfortunately, there is no further time for a supplementary. There will be a rush to the local press, I think. Time is up.