4 October 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Local people engage in proposed greenway route options from Smithborough to Middletown

PUBLIC consultations have taken place in Middletown, Smithborough and Tyholland on the proposed route options for the Ulster Canal Greenway. Local landowners and communities attended the open consultation evening to review the route options and provide the project team with essential feedback.

To mark this significant €4.95m project funded through the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme and highlight this great cross-border initiative the Chairman of Monaghan County Council, Councillor Seamus Coyle and Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Mealla Campbell along with project partners and funders, Waterways Ireland and East Border Region attended the public consultation event in Middletown. Welcoming the Ulster Canal Greenway route options, Lord Mayor Mealla Campbell, commented, “This proposed greenway is a fantastic opportunity to connect local communities and businesses and with Middletown one of the gateways to our borough this has the potential to bring many benefits to the local people and community.

We are delighted with the response to the public consultation events and we encourage anyone who wasn’t able to attend to engage with us and give us your views before Thursday 10 October 2019.” Cathaoirleach of Monaghan County Council, Councillor Seamus Coyle said, “The display of proposed route options is a significant development of the Ulster Canal Greenway project. Greenways have become increasingly popular in recent years, people are now much more conscious of the benefits of healthy living and outdoor leisure activities more so with the cross-border emphasis bringing communities together.

I am confident that the Ulster Canal Greenway will be a success and bring a much-needed economic boost to the Border Region opening up great opportunities for small businesses along the route. The support shown at the three public consultation events have shown the overwhelming support for this project and I look forward to working closely with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the other project partners to bring this project to fruition.”

Councillor Aidan Campbell, Chairman of East Border Region added: “We are delighted to be involved in the partnership responsible for the development and implementation of this wonderful project and we welcome feedback through the public consultation process. Given the current economic climate this funding will make….

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