Bellaghy village is ‘turning the corner’

Pictured are, from left, Fergal Kearney (Secretary), Andrew Dempsey (Vice Chairperson), group members Lynda O'Boyle and Theodore Flanagan, Council Chairperson Catherine Elattar, group member Jean Bonner and Chairperson Damian McConomy. INMU34 510con
Pictured are, from left, Fergal Kearney (Secretary), Andrew Dempsey (Vice Chairperson), group members Lynda O'Boyle and Theodore Flanagan, Council Chairperson Catherine Elattar, group member Jean Bonner and Chairperson Damian McConomy. INMU34 510con
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BELLAGHY is “turning the corner” and working towards a more vibrant and positive village, according to Fergal Kearney of the newly formed Bellaghy Village Regeneration Group.

Mr Kearney told the MAIL that the group would be working for the econonic and regeneration of Bellaghy which he claimed had become “very run down” in recent years in comparision to neighbouring villages like Castledawson.

This summer Bellaghy has been making the headlines for attacks on the Orange hall and other property.

But Mr Kearney said there the Regeneration Group was cross community working together for a better village “with no questions asked.”

“We have stopped talking cross community and just talk about the community,” he said. “There is a new hope. All sides working together and putting the past into the background.”

The group have a number of projects, including tackling the number of derelict buildings along the main street by opening them up for business again rather than giving them a cosmetic lift.

The former police station site has been cleared and the group are aiming to redevelop it over the next few years into allotments and a ‘landmark’ building with the long term goal of opening business unit.