Works have completed in Newmills Village which received an investment of £37K from the EU Rural Development ‘LEADER’ Programme.
Newmills received an investment of £37K which was approved 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.
The car park at Farlough Road in Newmills has been upgraded with works including; resurfacing, drainage and line marking, as well as the creation of footpaths, a new landscaped area and picnic tables to enhance the facility.
Welcoming the developments, Chair of the Council, Councillor Sean McPeake, said:
“Newmills is the latest of 37 villages to benefit from over £2M worth of investment from the Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership in the next number of years. The project was developed by and with the local community, identifying priorities for work which would enhance village life.
“I hope the completed works will offer a safe space for the local community to use, especially as we move into the spring and summer months. Located beside the river with new picnic tables, it certainly will offer a relaxing space for the community to enjoy.”
Chair of Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership, Councillor Sean Clarke said:
“The Village Renewal Scheme is a core element of 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 ahead a further £750,000 will be approved to projects currently in development which is fantastic for our rural areas”.
Drew Robinson, Chair of the Newmills and District VC Group commented on how the village renewal scheme has benefitted the village:
“Local people and visitors to the village now use this revitalised space to relax and enjoy a coffee or an ice cream, while observing the biodiversity around the river and the wildflowers in the community garden.
“The completed works have provided safe and clean access for children to the nearby school, for walkers and for those attending church. Several residents of the village have commented on how well the area now looks and how the project has improved the village.”
A total of 37 village renewal projects 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.