South Antrim DUP MP William McCrea has met with council officials and Invest NI this week to discuss availability of lands in the Antrim town area for industrial development and expansion.
Commenting on the meeting, Mr McCrea said Antrim town has recently benefitted from a number of encouraging job announcements with recent visits by ETI Minister Arlene Foster to EnDrive, a new division of the Wright Group, and also McQuillan Envirocare Ltd, a state of the art facility to manage the disposal of hazardous wastes.
“These announcements are indeed welcome boosts for the local economy but they must be used as a platform upon which to build and to attract even further investment,” Mr McCrea said.
He added that Antrim has every right to be proud of the many innovative and world leading firms located there displaying expertise across many disciplines, but he said that that assistance must continue to be given to aid the development of local firms as they endeavour to become players in the international market.
“In order to help further this goal I was delighted to be able to meet with Invest NI and council officials recently to identify site availability for business expansion in the area and to press the urgent need for town centre regeneration,” he said.
He added: ““It is my firm contention that to aid such regeneration we need free car parking in the town, and I trust that when car parking powers are devolved to the new Council that action will be forthcoming. Further meetings between industry, Council, Invest NI and myself are planned to welcome investors into the area.”