Multimillion pound programme wraps up in Mid & East Antrim

Five years, 18 villages, 22 projects, and almost £4million pounds and a lot of happy people later, communities across Mid and East Antrim are enjoying investments that have helped improve facilities.

The Village Renewal Programme has seen play parks, community hubs, halls, outdoor spaces, gardens and much more, created, renovated and brought to life for future generations to enjoy.

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Outgoing Mayor Cllr Peter Johnston visited a number of the projects on a tour across the borough: “I’ve been blown away by the sheer amount of wide ranging projects that have been delivered. From small community gardens to new play areas and even the provision of a sports pavilion. All of the projects provide huge benefits to our local communities and feedback has been tremendous. We want to thank all those involved for their hard work to get here, from community groups, the MEA LAG, contractors and of course The Executive. These projects are just one example of how the Rural Development Programme is working to leave a lasting legacy within our rural areas. This scheme will no doubt serve the local community well for many years to come and I look forward to seeing all the projects and spaces being put to good use.”

Some of the highlights along the tour of project site visits included: a new play park at Tobar Park in Cullybackey with equipment for all abilities and a multi-use games area providing the perfect space for a kick about. A new single storey sports pavilion at Kells & Connor with facilities including a number of changing rooms, toilet and baby change facilities, first aid room, tea point, meeting room and storage rooms. Additional car parking has been provided adjacent to the pavilion and pedestrian access from Station Road has been upgraded to improve accessibility.In Glenravel, a new greenway has opened that runs from St Mary’s Queen of Peace Church, Martinstown, to Con Magee’s GAC outside Cargan while Gracehill sports a new walking route at God’s Acre which will celebrate the area’s strong heritage, enhancing what is already available in the village.

Outgoing Mayor Cllr Peter Johnston visited a number of the projects on a tour across the borough