A new community group formed recently in Corcrain Redmanville has pledged to work to significantly improve facilities for people in the estates.
In an interview with the Portadown Times, the Corcrain Redmanville Community Safety Association said the estates have been neglected over the years.
Although the area received a boost in February with a £57,000 grant to convert two derelict shops into a community house, the group believes the area is disadvantaged compared to other parts of Portadown.
The group was responsible for organising the recent 11th night bonfire and fun day in the estate, which attracted up to 400 families and young people.
It was formed out of the bonfire committee and revealed that their volunteers are already working on the ground.
Spokesman John Russell said, “The fun day and the bonfire was a real success, we kept the streets clean and members of the community dipped into their own pockets to ensure it went ahead when funding didn’t happen.
“We had some great support from local businesses, including Gaynors, P&G Foods, Pathways Project and U Benefit store. Without them we would have had to dig deeper into our own pockets.”
Since the bonfire the group’s volunteers have also been cleaning parts of the estate.
The aim is to make the organisation properly constituted so they will be entitled to lobby officially for a major overhaul in facilities.
“The park we have is a joke,” said Mr Russell. “It hasn’t had an upgrade for 10 years and we believe the area is big enough to have a Multi Use Games Area, the kind which we have seen going up in all parts of Craigavon. There’s nothing here for the youth of the estate.”
The group is aiming to start a job club while Portadown Cares have agreed to donate seating for the green areas. There will also be help for residents with a 24-hour phone advice service.