‘Connecting Pomeroy’ is a £5M EU PEACE IV project creating community cohesion, community facilities and an iconic magic forest and visitor centre in the County Tyrone village.
Funding has been provided by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, and delivery of the initiative is being spearheaded by a community partnership and coordinated by Mid Ulster District Council.
Three core elements form the focus of the project:
|New Centre & Magic Forest Trail, Pomeroy Forest
A total of £2M has been allocated to the forest scheme to develop a visitor centre and enchanted trail in Pomeroy Forest, while also creating opportunities for shared learning experiences with school, youth and community groups.
New £1M community facilities will open up shared spaces for local people to enjoy, including a new Church of Ireland Hall, a 3-G multi-use games area at the Presbyterian Church hall and a new gym at the Pomeroy Plunkett’s GAC.
A Public Realm Scheme to upgrade the village centre, including access works at QEII Primary School, will enhance the look and feel of the village centre.
And a programme of community engagement and development will run alongside the capital development programme.
What are the timelines?
After funding was confirmed at the beginning of 2019, work began to appoint a design team which would lead the development of designs for each element of the Connecting Pomeroy project.
McAdam Design were appointed during summer 2019 and their team of building architects, landscape architects and trail designers have begun work, consulting first with community partners and the project working group, before moving on to consult with the community as a whole.
This public consultation will take place in November and December and will be an opportunity for local people to view the initial design concepts, talk to the design team and feed back their views on each element of the scheme.
Early 2020 will then see planning applications being made, and subject to approvals, actual construction work should then begin by early summer, and continue in phases until completion in summer 2022.
Like to know more?
If you’d like to know more about Connecting Pomeroy please contact Hannah McCabe at Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132 or email email@example.com