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17/09/2019

Contractors To Begin Initial Site Works In Coalisland

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Contractors are set to begin initial works on site to deliver a £3.4 million public realm scheme in Coalisland.

The project will see the provision of new footways, parking and loading bays, stone kerbing, street furniture and tree planting, as well as improved lighting and drainage.

It will also include the introduction of a new one-way system on Main Street which allows for widened footpaths to meet disability access and pedestrian safety requirements, as well as helping to improve traffic flow in the town centre.

Speaking ahead of work starting, Chair of the Council, Councillor Martin Kearney, said: "Coalisland will benefit enormously from this investment which will transform the look and feel of the town centre, particularly at Barrack Street where a derelict building will be demolished, removing an eye-sore, reducing anti-social behaviour at the site and at the same time creating a new car park, green space and improved access onto Main Street.

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"Careful consideration has been given to the phasing of the work which will take place in 25 metre-long sections and we will be on the ground, along with our contractors, talking to local businesses and residents, keeping people informed of progress and ensuring that any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum."

Pauline Campbell, Director of DfC's North West Development Office welcomed the commencement of the Public Realm works. 

She added: "This investment in Coalisland by DfC will help to stimulate business, increase footfall, improve pedestrian safety and transform the town centre by enhancing the physical appearance and also by improving traffic management and parking. This scheme will lay strong foundations for future development and investment in Coalisland."

The project is funded by the Department for Communities (DfC) and Mid Ulster District Council.

Fox Contracts, who is delivering the scheme, will also host a couple of information events next week, giving locals the opportunity to view drawings and designs.

(CM/JG)

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