£100,000 funds available for Tandragee development


A new representative body is be established to take forward development proposals for Tandragee.

Plans to create a new group were discussed during a meeting of key stakeholders in Tandragee recently.

The Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council has £100,000 of funds available for development plans in both Tandragee and Markethill.

The minutes of the council’s economic development and regeneration committee revealed details of the Tandragee meeting. They say, “An initial meeting was held with key stakeholders in Tandragee and agreement was secured that a single representative body should be established in order to further the development of Tandragee and take forward proposals for the future development of the area including developing funding applications.

“A further meeting will be held in order to discuss the revised governance structure for the group. Nominations have been requested from the various groups for attendance at a further meeting.”

Some initial work has been carried out in Tandragee regarding civic aesthetics improvements in the town with additional work to be completed during May and June.

The majority of the work has been focused on the Ballymore Church roundabout with the removal of graffiti and landscaping works at the roundabout area.

Concerns about the condition of footways in Tandragee have been rejected by Transport NI however.

During discussions with the body, Transport NI said they have “no evidence” to suggest that the surfaces are “unsafe as no incidents have been brought to their attention”. The situation will continue to be monitored.

The economic and development and regeneration committee has also agreed to fund the development of the play park facility in Markethill up to a previously agreed budget of £75,000 as allocated under reserves.

Addressing a request to support Markethill District Enterprises towards running costs for a year, they have been requested to provide evidence of need for the contribution to their running costs.

“This evidence has not as yet been provided. Officers are continuing to liaise with the organisation in order to progress this,” said the minutes.

Details of progress on the play park plans were also outlined.

“Officers are continuing to work in conjunction with officers from the recreation and leisure service in order to progress proposals for the enhancement of play provision in Markethill.”