New urban park for ‘neglected’ part of Dungannon

This derelict land is to be transformed into a new public park
This derelict land is to be transformed into a new public park

Derelict land in the West of Dungannon is to be transformed into a new public park after the Council agreed to make the project a reality.

The news was welcomed by Independent Councillor, Barry Monteith, who said little or no investment had been made in Railway Park since its creation 20 years ago, compared with other council-owned sites such as Dungannon Park and Castle Hill.

“This major investment is most welcome and the plan developed with the community over the last six months must be implemented”, he added.

Cllr Monteith urged the council to maintain the new park to the same standard as others in the area when the work is complete. “It will be a wasted effort if the area is neglected again for another 20 years”, he cautioned.

Sinn Fein councillor, Dominic Molloy, said that, with the exception of services provided by the GAA, the area had suffered from an absence of leisure facilities.

“The area for investment was identified some time ago and along with fellow councillors and officers of the Council we set about the process over two years ago to acquire the site which sits within a Neighbourhood Renewal area which has the highest concentrated population in the council”, said Cllr Molloy.

“Combined with the recent acquisition of Ann Street, the Council will have invested around £1 million in the west of the town in the last 12 months. In addition, early 2015 will hopefully see the commencement of the £7million EARLs project, fully funded by European investment.”