Ballygawley has benefitted from over £190K investment under the Village Renewal Scheme.
The project, which is the first to be completed under a £2.8m Rural Development Capital Programme in Mid Ulster, was approved by the Local Action Group and involved improvement works to reinstate and transform a derelict pathway which allows pedestrian access to the play park via Church Street and the river side.
The play park itself has also been upgraded with new equipment, while landscaping, lighting, kerbing and seating has improved the recreation ground.
Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Mark Glasgow commented on the project:
“I’m delighted to see Mid Ulster villages benefit from the Rural Development Programme. Ballygawley is the first of many villages which will see enhancement works and new play park equipment to update and improve their village, for the local community to enjoy. Coming into the summer months, I’ve no doubt many children and families will have a lot of fun playing in the modernised play park.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) said “The Department, through Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership (Local Action Group), has contributed £2.15m capital investment to complete a range of projects in villages across the Mid Ulster District Council area. 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”.
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