Work To Begin On £3.4M Coalisland Public Realm Scheme The £3.4M public realm scheme in Coalisland is to begin next week (23 September) with contractors to start initial site works. Funded by the Department for Communities (DfC) and Mid Ulster District Council, the scheme includes new footways, parking and loading bays, stone kerbing, street furniture and tree planting, as well as improved lighting and drainage. It will also see a new one-way system introduced on Main Street in the town which allows for widened footpaths to meet disability access and pedestrian safety requirements, as well as helping to improve traffic flow in the town centre. While the scheme extends across Coalisland town centre and encompasses works to the Square, Main Street, Lineside, Dungannon Road, Stewartstown Road, Barrack Street, Barrack Square, Station Road and Washingbay Road, all works will be phased to ensure any inconvenience or disruption is minimised. Speaking ahead of work starting, Chair of the Council, Councillor Martin Kearney, said: “Coalisland will benefit enormously from this investment which will transform the look and feel of the town centre, particularly at Barrack Street where a derelict building will be demolished, removing an eye-sore, reducing anti-social behaviour at the site and at the same time creating a new car park, green space and improved access onto Main Street. “Careful consideration has been given to the phasing of the work which will take place in 25 metre-long sections and we will be on the ground, along with our contractors, talking to local businesses and residents, keeping people informed of progress and ensuring that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum”. Pauline Campbell, Director of DfC’s North West Development Office welcomed the commencement of the Public Realm works. “This investment in Coalisland by DfC will help to stimulate business, increase footfall, improve pedestrian safety and transform the town centre by enhancing the physical appearance and also by improving traffic management and parking. This scheme will lay strong foundations for future development and investment in Coalisland.” Two information sessions have been organised for local people during the first week of the works, providing an opportunity to meet representatives from Fox Contracts, the company which will be delivering the scheme, and to view drawings and designs. The information sessions will be held in the Cornmill Centre on: Tuesday 24 September, 1pm – 9pm Wednesday 25 September 2019, 1pm – 6pm. The first areas of the town scheduled for work are Barrack Street, Dungannon Road and Lineside. The scheme delivery will take place over the course of the next year with a break in works from 23 November 2019 to 6 January 2020 for the busy Christmas trading period. For more information visit www.midulstercouncil.org/coalislandpublicrealm.