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Poots visits Waringstown ahead of work starting on major environment improvement scheme

It will see a range of improvements in the centre of the village including new footpaths, street lighting, public seating and other street furniture

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots has visited Waringstown to view the site of a proposed environmental improvement scheme, which is due to start soon.

It will see a range of environmental improvements in the centre of the village, including new footpaths, street lighting, public seating and other street furniture.

Welcoming the proposed scheme, Minister Poots said: “I’m delighted to visit Waringstown to view the area which will benefit from this project.

“It has been designed following consultation with local residents and will provide an enhanced civic space at the Main Street/Mill Hill/Banbridge Road junction in the centre of the village. This is an excellent example of how my Department is working with Councils and local communities to improve the quality of life for rural residents.”

The tender process for the scheme, which will also receive part funding from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, has just started and it is hoped that work will start in late July/early August.

The Minister concluded: “I am delighted that this project is going ahead. It will create a sense of civic pride in the village and will help it reach its full potential. I want to thank all those who have been involved in bringing it forward.”

The project is being funded by the NI Rural Development ‘LEADER’ Programme (2014-20) and managed by ‘SOAR’, the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Local Action Group (LAG).

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