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.
A programme of community engagement and development activities will run alongside the capital development programme.
The Scarecrow Project
The Pomeroy Scarecrow trail took place between 19 October and 2 November 2020.
New Centre and 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 Community Facilities
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.
Public Realm Scheme
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 been working closely with Mid Ulster District Council and with community partners in developing scheme designs.
The planned public information event on the final designs for the forestry building, forest trails and public realm which was to take place in the Rowan Tree Centre will not go ahead as planned due to Covid 19 restrictions.
However, this information will soon be made available online and widely published allowing for comments and including contact details on how to access further information.
November 2020 should see planning applications being made, and subject to approvals, actual construction work should begin by late Spring 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org