The Mid Ulster District Council ratified a decision of the Development Committee ring fencing a much needed investment to the loughshore area.
Potentially up to 200k is to be invested into the Ardboe area and up to 50k into Moortown. As part of Rural Development Programme, Ardboe along with 5 other villages have been identified for the investment for Major Infrastructure Support. Moortown, along with 36 other areas have been identified for the investment for Minor infrastructure support.
Councillor for the area, Sinn Féin’s Ronan McGinley, welcomed the decision:
“This will be a great boost for the Loughshore area. This will hopefully be the start of investment for this area. There is great community spirit in this area and there has been massive investment by local businesses therefore this investment in the infrastructure is very welcome but must be strategic”.
Cllr McGinley continued:
“I’m looking forward to working with stakeholders to drive this forward and ensuring everything is completed in order for this investment to be maximised for local people.”
Local residents have expressed anger at illegal dumping and fly-tipping around the shores of lough Neagh. A hot spot which has been plagued by this unwanted activity is the aerodrome situated in Ardboe and Moortown.
Local Councillor for the area, Ronan McGinley, has been working with the Mid Ulster District Council to put measures in place to stop this activity in the future.
Speaking on the issue, Cllr McGinley said,
“The aerodrome is a unique site with a lot of history. Unfortunately, parts of it have gone into disrepair over recent years, and it has been a site for unwanted dumping and fly-tipping. Local people obviously do not want this behaviour on their doorstep, therefore I have been working with staff from the council to put measures in place to raise people’s awareness that this activity has to stop”.
“This site has received negative attention for the illegal dumping of both domestic and commercial waste. A recent high profile case included the dumping of a dead horse which was left to rot”.
Cllr McGinley cont’d,
“As a quick first step, the next few weeks will see the council erecting signage around the area to remind people this behaviour is not allowed. Although this is not a full solution I think it’s a good first step, and I will continue to work with council officials to develop the potential of this historic site”.