Source: Northern Ireland City of Armagh
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 Cathaoirleach 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.”
Chairman 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 a real impact in the region and will help to revive the economy in many of our border towns and villages. In addition, this project will provide not only a lasting legacy for the region and indeed the INTERREG VA Programme but will result in future generations being afforded the opportunity to enjoy the natural and built heritage in their community for many years to come.
Chairperson of Middletown Community Forum Ciara Connelly commented,
“We are excited to receive the proposed route options. This phase of the Ulster Canal Greenway project will build upon Middletown’s unique location as a gateway and an important recreational link to the greenways of Monaghan. It will revive the town making it a prime destination to visit, invest and live. We would like to thank statutory agencies for providing us with this opportunity and we look forward to future involvement.”
Anyone wanting to provide feedback on the proposed route options can still do so before Thursday 10 October 2019, by contacting the Ulster Canal Greenway Project Manager Anthony Morrow by phone on 00353 47 30500, extension 1254 or email
The project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border cooperation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. Waterways Ireland is the lead partner on this INTERREG VA funded project, which is being delivered in partnership with Monaghan County Council, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and East Border Region Ltd.