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Funders Visit Refurbished Fivemiletown Play Park and Market Yard

Following the completion of a £260K investment project in Fivemiletown, funders recently visited the refurbished play park and Market Yard area, which are now open for the local community to enjoy.
Through the village renewal scheme, the Ballylurgan Road play park benefitted from upgrade works that provided new equipment and seating as well as landscaping. This is the second phase of the £260K investment, which also enhanced the Market Yard area of the village.
The investment comprised of 75% funding from the EU Rural Development ‘LEADER’ Programme Village Renewal Scheme, delivered by Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership, on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. Mid Ulster District Council provided 25% of the funding.
Visiting the reopened play park, Chair of the Council’s Development Committee, Councillor Trevor Wilson said:

Fivemiletown is one of 37 villages to receive a significant investment through the village renewal scheme, supported by the Council and Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership (Local Action Group).
The refurbished play park with new equipment and seating will provide a fantastic recreational space for the local community to enjoy. Play is essential to a child’s development, and I’m delighted that the council are able to provide outdoor parks like this one.

Chair of Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership, Councillor Sean Clarke, said:
“Over the course of this current Rural Development Programme, we will see an investment of over £2.15m in funding directed towards over 30 rural towns and villages from across the length and breadth of the district to make them better places to live and work in. This is what village renewal is about – local people making decisions on the actions they believe will be of greatest benefit to the community. 
Councillor Clarke continued “The project completed here in Fivemiletown is a fine example of village renewal in action and we at Mid Ulster Rural Development Partnership are delighted with the outcome.  This is one of many examples of how the Rural Development Programme is working to leave a lasting legacy within our rural areas and these facilities will no doubt serve the local community well for many years to come”.
Paul Donnelly, Director of Rural Affairs Division in DAERA said:
“I am pleased that the NI Rural Development ‘LEADER’ Programme, through the Village Renewal Scheme is starting to make a real change to the fabric of rural villages and supporting projects that are based on community need. This investment through the Village Renewal Scheme supports the Department’s vision for a living, working, active landscape valued by everyone”.  

A group of people at the reopening of Fivemiletown Play park
 A total of 37 village renewal projects are to be delivered under the Village Renewal Scheme to the total value of £2.86m with £2.15m investment from 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.

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