Village renewal works have completed on a £260K investment project in Fivemiletown.
The project seen upgrades to the existing play area at Ballylurgan Road in the village, providing new equipment and seating, as well as landscaping to enhance the play park. Works also included resurfacing, drainage and environmental works at the Market Yard in Fivemiletown.
Funding of 75% of which £189k has come from the EU Rural Development ‘LEADER’ Programme, delivered by Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership, on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, with Mid Ulster District Council providing 25% of the funding.
Welcoming the news, Chair of the Council, Councillor Sean McPeake said:
“Fivemiletown is the latest village to benefit from a significant investment through the village renewal scheme. “The completed resurfacing and environmental works at the Market Yard have enhanced the visual appearance of the village, and I hope the local community will benefit from the refurbished playpark, with new equipment and seating offering a public place for families to enjoy.
Chair of Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership, Councillor Sean Clarke, said:
“The Village Renewal Scheme is a core element our Local Rural Development Strategy. Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership, as the LEADER Local Action Group in Mid Ulster, has already approved over £1.4m in funding to support a range of village renewal initiatives across the district which will help to improve the fabric of our rural villages for the benefit of those who reside there. Over the coming months a further £750,000 will be approved by the LAG to projects currently in development which is fantastic for our rural areas”.
Councillor Clarke added “The partnership approach of the local Council working closely with local communities is the model which brings most benefit to delivering actions identified in the village plans”.
Paul Donnelly, Director of Rural Affairs Division in DAERA said:
“I am pleased that the NI Rural Development ‘LEADER’ Programme, through the Village Renewal Scheme is starting to make a real change to the fabric of rural villages and supporting projects that are based on community need. This investment through the Village Renewal Scheme supports the Department’s vision for a living, working, active landscape valued by everyone”.
A total of 37 village renewal projects are to be delivered under the Village Renewal Scheme to the total value of £2.86m with £2.15m investment from Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the European Union, with the Council’s investment totalling £716K over 4 years. The projects are being coordinated by the Council in partnership with local communities, in close liaison with the Local Action Group.
For more information on this scheme and the villages included, visit www.midulstercouncil.org/villagerenewal.