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Plans afoot for environmental improvement scheme in Markethill

Pedestrian crossing points will be one item discussed at the meeting at Gosford Forest Park next month


A major environmental improvement scheme looks set to get underway in Markethill in the New Year.

The scheme is one of three being announced by ABC Council, with public consultations also launched in Gilford and Rathfriland for the schemes in excess of £2million.

In Markethill, the works will incorporate Main Street, Keady Street, Fair Green Road, The Square, and extending from The Square to lands to the front of 1-5 Bunkers Hill, and extending onto Mowhan Road to the rear of No. 2 Mowhan Court.

A pre planning application notice (PAN) was submitted earlier this month for the proposed construction of public realm improvements to include new kerbs, paving, footpath surfacing, hard and soft landscaping, lighting upgrades and enhancements to existing pedestrian crossing points and tactile pavings and all associated site works.

A public consultation event will take place at Gosford Forest Park on October 4, 2023 between 4pm-8pm and will be attended by the Design Team and members of the Council.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Alderman Margaret Tinsley, said: “It is exciting to see the start of the public consultation for the Environmental Improvement Scheme in Gilford, Markethill and Rathfriland. As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to regeneration, this investment will see small but significant enhancements to these rural areas. The consultation is now open, and this is a fantastic opportunity for those who live and work there, to express their views and have their say to help improve our rural towns and villages for everyone.”

Starting on Tuesday 26th September in Gilford Community Centre, Wednesday 27th September in Rathfriland Community Centre and Wednesday 4th October in Gosford Forest Park from 2.00pm to 7.30pm. There will be scheme presentations held at 2:30pm and 6:30pm. Staff will however be on hand between these times to answer any queries.

The information and plans will remain on display for several weeks after the events for members of the public to view and comment on.

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