Organised by Alliance Councillor Muir, the visit gave Justice Minister David Ford and Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry – also a North Down MLA – the opportunity to meet with small business owners and those benefiting from adult learning, youth support initiatives and community programmes, highlighting how Alliance is delivering in government for everyone.
The afternoon of events included meetings with Holywood Chamber of Commerce, Habinteg Housing Association, North Down YMCA and the Project 24 Art pods, also located in Bangor.
Councillor Andrew Muir said: “This was a great opportunity to showcase all that North Down has achieved and continues to strive for. Alliance remains the only Party committed to delivering for everyone and I was delighted to introduce two Alliance Ministers directly to groups and initiatives that are benefiting from their good work.
“Vibrant town centres are essential for economic growth and not only was this evident in Holywood’s bustling shops and cafes, but Bangor’s Project 24 Art pods project has proven how derelict space can be used to an area’s advantage.
“The range of initiatives on offer across North Down continues to grow and today’s visit demonstrates how working as one we can enact real change across a range of issues – from town centre regeneration and local employment to continued learning and community safety.”
David Ford added: “It is important to talk to local communities about issues of concern locally. Partnership is key to building safer, shared and confident communities and it is evident that effective partnerships have been forged across the North Down area. The voluntary and community sectors and statutory agencies have identified common areas of concern and have taken ownership to find solutions.”