Two villages within Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are set for a boost following Council’s acceptance of more than £300,000 to help with their refurbishment.
At Council’s monthly meeting on Monday, June 28, Councillor Julie Flaherty proposed Council accepts a letter of offer from the Rural Development Programme for up to £322,933.16 for work in both Tandragee and Waringstown.
The total cost of the work in the two areas is expected to be £430,577.66.
In Tandragee, the work will centre around the Mall/Church Street area and the junction of Mill Street/Markethill road.
The project intends to create a gateway feature/community space with the theme and form of the two spaces based on the historic mill wheels of Tandragee with the larger of the two spaces potentially able to host community events.
In Waringstown, the plans centre around the heart of the village and will incorporate Main Street, Banbridge Road and Mill Hill. It is focused on the creation of a hub area to connect the public realm works and the creation of a weaver’s trail.
Members were advised that Council had previously agreed to provide a total of £110,000 in match funding for the projects.
A proposal to accept the letter of offer from the Rural Development Programme for £322,933.16 was put forward by Councillor Julie Flaherty.
Seconding the proposal, Councillor Paul Berry said he wished to commend the team who put the hard work into securing this funding for these projects.
While declaring an interest as the Vice Chair of the Southern Organisation for Action in Rural Areas ABC (SOAR ABC) Councillor Kyle Savage commended the team for their efforts.
“I want to take this opportunity to commend the SOAR ABC team who got this assessment completed in mid June,” he said.
“It is great to see and the funding will bring a great boost to both Tandragee and Waringstown.”