£5.5m Portadown park project receives the green light

Portadown Park
Portadown Park

The long-awaited plans to upgrade Portadown People’s Park and the Northway Tunnel between Woodhouse Street and Obins Street received the green light last night.

The £5.5m project was approved by councillors on Monday night with Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announcing planning approval on Tuesday.

The application includes a new pavilion, multi use games area, grass pitches, a synthetic pitch, play area, car park, lighting, planting, boundaries, new paving, kerbs, lighting and drop off bays.

Mark H Durkan said, “This significant new development scheme is welcome news for the local area bringing new leisure facilities the whole community can enjoy.

“Craigavon Borough Council has secured almost five and a half million pounds for the Shared Process and Community Engagement Project (SPACE) from the Special European Programmes Body (SEUPB) Peace III Priority 2.1 Contributing to a Shared Society and Creating Shared Public Services. In addition to the three jobs that will be created as a result of the project there will also be construction jobs during the development phase.”

Mr Durkan added, “This application was turned around within six months which meets the Programme for Government target for large scale investments. I have pledged to create a fast, fair and fit for purpose planning system that creates a better environment and a stronger economy. This development helps to do this.”

DOE Planning consulted Craigavon Borough Council on January 20 who raised no objections to the proposal.