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Rasharkin and Garvagh reap benefits of Small Settlements Regeneration Programme

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with local members of the community in Rasharkin

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan with members of Rasharkin Mother and Toddler Group at the new accessible path at RasharkinCommunity Centre. Also pictured are Julienne Elliot, Council’s Town & Village Manager; Wendy McCullough,Council’s Head of Sport & Wellbeing; Sean Hanna, Rasharkin Community Group; Pat Mulvenna, Director of Leisure & Development; Brian Bradley, BJ Construction Ltd; Caolan O’Connor, Kilcreen Consulting Ltd; Gregg McClements, Council’s Capital Project Officer; and Nigel McFadden, Project Co-Ordinator.

 

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has successfully delivered two further projects in Rasharkin amd Garvagh as part of the Covid Recovery Small Settlements Regeneration Programme.


The Rasharkin project saw the removal of steep and inaccessible steps to the rear of the Community Centre, replacing them with a contoured path allowing residents and visitors to easily access the venue, as well as improving access to the village from the community centre.



The path is accessible by all and will particularly help those with disabilities or parents with children in prams or buggies.


The new path at Rasharkin Community Centre allows residents and visitors to easily access the venue, as well as improving access to the village.

The new path at Rasharkin Community Centre allows residents and visitors to easily access the venue, as well as improving access to the village. 

Pictured at the new accessible path at RasharkinCommunity Centre are (L-R) Gregg McClements, Council’s Capital Project Officer; Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan; Julienne Elliot, Council’s Town & Village Manager; Brian Bradley,BJ Construction Ltd; Pat Mulvenna Director of Leisure & Development; and Caolan O’Connor, KilcreenConsulting Ltd.

Pictured at the new accessible path at RasharkinCommunity Centre are (L-R) Gregg McClements, Council’s Capital Project Officer; Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan; Julienne Elliot, Council’s Town & Village Manager; Brian Bradley,BJ Construction Ltd; Pat Mulvenna Director of Leisure & Development; and Caolan O’Connor, KilcreenConsulting Ltd.


The scheme in Garvagh involved the creation of a new all ability cycle/walking path at Clyde Park in the town. This will provide residents with the ability to get outdoors for regular exercise on a user-friendly surface.

 

Several other villages across Causeway Coast and Glens are set to benefit from investment secured through the Small Settlements Regeneration Programme, which is run in partnership with the Department for Communities (DfC), Department of Agriculture Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).



The programme aims to address long-standing issues such as rural poverty, isolation, and access to services in small settlements with a population of less than 5,000 people.


Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan walks along the ability cycle/walking path at Clyde Park, Garvagh with Councillor Richard Holmes;Pat Mulvenna, Director of Leisure & Development; Greg McDaid, Site Engineer, Northstone Materials Limited; and Duncan Jamieson, Project Manager representing Taggarts.

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan walks along the ability cycle/walking path at Clyde Park, Garvagh with Councillor Richard Holmes;Pat Mulvenna, Director of Leisure & Development; Greg McDaid, Site Engineer, Northstone Materials Limited; and Duncan Jamieson, Project Manager representing Taggarts.

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council with members of the local community if Garvagh

Pictured at the official opening of the new all ability cycle/walking path at Clyde Park, Garvagh are (L-R) Mark Strong, Council’s Coast & Countryside Officer;Greg McDaid, Site Engineer, Northstone Materials Limited; Jake Mailey, Council’s Capital Projects Officer, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan, Cllr Richard Holmes; Julienne Elliot, Council’s Town & Village Manager; Pat Mulvenna, Council’s Director of Leisure & Development; Wendy McCullough, Council’s Head of Sport & Wellbeing; Duncan Jamieson, Project Manager representing Taggarts; and Nigel McFadden, Project Co-Ordinator.


Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Steven Callaghan said:


“The Covid Recovery Small Settlements Programme is a very welcome and timely intervention in these rural areas.



"These new paths will encourage residents to get outside for daily exercise, while the improved access in Rasharkin will encourage visitors to the Community Centre to walk into the village and avail of the retail offering, providing a welcome boost to the village economy.


“I am very grateful to the Department for Infrastructure for providing this funding and to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for its financial assistance also.”

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