Waste land back to life

Councillor Darryn Causby and MP David Simpson with  Keith McCann from the Regenerate group and Yogi Wright, right, resident.
Councillor Darryn Causby and MP David Simpson with Keith McCann from the Regenerate group and Yogi Wright, right, resident.

Waste ground in Jervis Street is to be transformed into a community space in a £12,000 investment by Craigavon Borough Council.

The land, which residents have dubbed an ‘eyesore’, is unused and untidy and is situated at the junction with the Armagh Road.

Under the scheme, the hedge will be removed, a new path laid, benches installed and planting done.

According to Councillor Darryn Causby, the money has been provided from the council’s reserves fund and the work must be completed by March 31.

He said, “This is welcome news for the residents of Jervis Street and the surrounding area. This land has been neglected for a period of years and has become a nuisance for the local community. Residents contacted some of our councillors and we acted to ensure that this would become a nice space for the community to enjoy.”

David Simpson MP also welcomed the investment saying, “This is very welcome news for this area of the town and I know residents will be glad to see the space cleaned up and made usable. My office every spring/summer without fail receives complaints about the hedges surrounding this ground and about the rubbish that is dumped in the area and I hope the investment will rectify the ongoing issues that have been associated with this space in the past.”

Keith McCann of the Regenerate group said he had contacted local councillors about the area and highlighted the problems that were associated with it. “Thankfully we were very quickly able to get a good result,” he said. “I know that residents will be pleased with this news and I have no doubt that the space will be used as much as the public art space and that residents will enjoy the new improved garden once it is completed.”

Meanwhile. at Brownstown Park, more than £4,000 of reserve fund money is to be used on installing lights along a stretch of pathway close to the tennis courts.

Alderman Gladys McCullough had campaigned for lights along the path which is widely used by residents of Rectory and Brownstown Park as a shortcut onto the Armagh Road.