£75,000 Lough Fea angling facility opens

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AGRICULTURE and Rural Development Minister Michelle O’Neill today officially opened a new £75,000 angling amenities at Lough Fea in the Sperrins.

The new amenities, which received investment from the NI Rural Development Programme, includes three concrete fishing stands, a floating jetty allowing disabled access to fishing boats, a secure store to house fishing boats and a new concrete slipway.

Officially opening the new facility Minister O’Neill said: “To date over £7million has been spent on dozens of projects across the north through the ‘Encouragement of Tourism Activities’ measure of the Rural Development Programme which was designed to encourage the use of natural resources to attract visitors and create new employment opportunities through the sustainable development of the rural economy.

“These new facilities at Lough Fea are the most recent example of how such a project which will attract visitors and create new employment opportunities.”

The Minster continued: “It is great to see projects led by Cookstown District Council through close engagement with those that use the Lough, such as the Angling Club, and statutory bodies such as NI Water.

“It is through this working together in partnership that we can make projects happen which provide an economic benefit to our rural communities.

“This is a key aim of my Rural Development Programme and I am delighted that locally, the impact is evident and available to us all.

She added: “I hope that local communities and people from across the locality, and indeed further afield take the opportunity to benefit from this recreational and tourism product for years to come.”

Cookstown District Council received a Letter of Offer of £75,000 from Local Action Group, SWARD.