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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drawings of the planned public realm works in Pomeroy village and the new forestry building and trails are now available to view in the conference room at the Rowan Tree Centre, where measures are in place to ensure Covid-19 guidance compliance. You can also receive the design drawings by email by contacting Hannah McCabe via the details below.
In terms of timelines, planning permission has now been submitted with works currently scheduled to commence in June 2021, subject to approvals.
Like to know more?
We welcome your feedback. So to tell us what you think, submit any queries, or if you’d like to know more about Connecting Pomeroy please contact Hannah McCabe on 03000 132 132 Ext 24626, mobile 07795417155 or email Hannah McCabe.