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Big plans afoot to transform the Bann river

Councillor Ronnie Harkness, chair of the River Bann Action Group and Wendy Craig, Northern Ireland Enviroment Agency with, Adrian Farrell, Meadows Centre, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Colin McCusker, Tara Love, recreation development officer and Councillor Arnold Hatch. INPT12-118gc

Councillor Ronnie Harkness, chair of the River Bann Action Group and Wendy Craig, Northern Ireland Enviroment Agency with, Adrian Farrell, Meadows Centre, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Colin McCusker, Tara Love, recreation development officer and Councillor Arnold Hatch. INPT12-118gc

Plans are well under way to transform the river Bann into an important and appreciated resource for everyone in the community.

Helping to plan and deliver the transformation of the area is the River Bann Action Group, led by Craigavon Borough Council, .

An action plan has been put in place with a vision to make the Portadown stretch of the River Bann an inviting, 
safe and inclusive riverside location providing wide public appeal through a broad range of appropriate recreational and leisure activities.

The high quality natural amenity value of the area will be protected and 
sensitively enhanced.

The River Bann frontage extends from Portadown Rowing Club to 
Hoy’s 
Meadow which is about 1,000m in length (roughly (1,090 yards).

A number of goals have already been met including buying a weed cutter for the aquatic and weed management programme, a 
graffiti removal project, new public furniture installed, 
a river maintenance programme, signage review, water quality monitored, annual events and primary school education programmes.

Further short-term and long-term aspirations 
include an integrated events programme, reviewing and enhancing disability access, a River Bann Environmental Education programme and resurfacing of the 
cycle/foot path.

“We are very excited about what the future holds for the River Bann,” commented Councillor Ronnie 
Harkness, chairman of the River Bann Action Group.

“We are extremely fortunate to have this amazing jewel on our doorsteps 
and we look forward to developing it so it can be used for both water and land based leisure pursuits that everyone can enjoy.

“Whether you want to be active in sport or just enjoy the beauty of the River 
Bann we hope that 
over the coming years the River Bann will be enjoyed 
by the whole community.”

 
 
 

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