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Castlecaulfield Benefits from Rural Development Investment

01 March 2019

Upgrade works have completed in Castlecaulfield Village which received an investment of £37K from the EU Rural Development ‘LEADER’ Programme.

The programme was 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.

This investment enabled upgrade works to the playpark including; new play equipment; play boards; play marking on the surface and picnic benches; as well as the creation of a conservation trail through the area to provide educational and recreational opportunities for the local community.

Welcoming the completed works, Chair of the Council, Councillor Sean McPeake, said:

“Castlecaulfield is the latest of 37 villages to benefit from renewal projects, supported by the Council and Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership over the next number of years. Each village renewal project has been developed by and with local communities, identifying priorities for work which will enhance village life.

“The completed works in Castlecaulfield have been welcomed by the community, most especially the local children in Eco Buddies, who use their free time to complete biodiversity projects in the village every Saturday. The group is excited to use the new conservation trail to learn more and study the natural habitat in the area. I’m delighted that this educational resource has been provided through the village renewal programme.”

Chair of Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership, Councillor Sean Clarke said:

“Through funding from the NI Rural Development Programme, Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership will be making available £2.15M for capital investment to support a range of projects across the Mid Ulster District Council area under the Village Renewal Scheme. 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 the Rural Development Programme continues to invest in Community infrastructure which is supporting delivery of the Department’s vision for a living, working, active landscape valued by everyone”

A total of 37 village renewal projects in Mid Ulster are being part funded under 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.

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