A rural community is launching a bid to enhance its status to a village with the creation of a new community social hub with a gym and sauna.
The residents of the rural townlands of Ackinduff and Killeeshil, home to several housing estates, a popular school and a football club, have rallied together in a bid to secure a slice of the latest rural development funding.
A motivated team of community groups is working together with plans to create a new community centre with an emphasis on health and well-being education programmes, social enterprise, and catering facilities.
Also in competition for the funding are a further 40-odd villages in the Mid Ulster Council area with a total of £10.1m available from the EU funded programme.
A well-attended meeting between council officers and residents took place last week as part of a public consultation exercise.
“We hope that the funding will have a significant positive impact on the Killeeshil and Ackinduff area”, said a spokesperson for the local community centre.
“The public consultation was very well attended with the high numbers reflecting the enthusiasm of the local community to improve Killeeshil/Ackinduff village. Plans include extending and upgrading the existing Killeeshil Community Centre to provide a social hub, gym/sauna, health and well being programmes, social enterprise and catering facilities, with an emphasis on inclusion for all.”