Initial designs for a proposed £2.5M public realm scheme in Maghera will go on display next week (21 March 2019).
Local people have the opportunity to view early design concepts show new paving, lighting, planting and street furniture installed in an area of the town which extends the length of Main Street, taking in parts of Coleraine Road, Station Road, Meeting House Avenue, Tirkane Road, Church Street, Glen Road, Hall Street, Bank Square and St Lurach’s Road.
The information session is being organised by Mid Ulster District Council to allow local residents and businesses to feedback their initial views, ahead of public consultation which is anticipated to take place on the detailed designs in this summer.
The scheme also seeks to address vehicle congestion and queuing and limited on-street parking in the narrow Main Street area of the town. Among the potential solutions is the creation of a one-way system where traffic flows in one direction north on upper Main Street or alternatively in one direction south-east on lower Main Street.
Chair of the Council, Councillor Sean McPeake, is encouraging local people to view the designs:
“The public realm proposals will bring major change to the look of the town centre, as well as practical change to address congestion and parking issues.
“Given the significance of the scheme and the level of investment, it’s important residents and businesses have an early opportunity to see the initial plans before we develop detailed designs for a formal period of consultation.
“I would encourage local people to drop in on 21 March, see the designs for themselves and talk to the consultants”.
The drop-in information event runs in Walsh’s Hotel, Maghera, on Thursday 21 March from 2pm to 7pm. For further information visit www.midulstercouncil.org/investinginmaghera.