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Coalisland Canal towpath work to improve safety in area

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WORK to install new lighting, bins and summer seats along the popular Canal Towpath in Coalisland is to begin soon.

The area, which is well used by walkers and dog owners, has frequently been subject to vandalism and underage drinking, with damage to property a major problem.

However, local Sinn Fein councillor Linda Dillon believes the new lighting will help to tackle such issues and increase safety for those using the walkway.

“It will be great to see this work completed and I would hope that having lighting in place will also reduce the anti-social behaviour that takes place on that stretch of the Canal Walk as it is unacceptable that residents in the area have to put up with not feeling safe and secure in their own homes”, Cllr Dillon told the TIMES.

According to the Torrent councillor, who has received complaints about this type of activity from people living in nearby housing developments, prepatory work on the improvement scheme has already started.

She added: “Sinn Fein councillors Padraig Quinn and Joe O’Neill have brought the issue regarding the need for lighting and bins to Dungannon Council on a number of occasions and this will benefit the community and enhance the area making it more practical and safe to walk along this route.”

 

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