Consultation period extended for town’s public realm scheme

A PUBLIC Realm Scheme designed to rejuvenate Magherafelt town centre has had its consultation period extended to the end of the month.

Magherafelt District Council recently employed a team of consultants to prepare a Public Realm Strategy for the town centre. The Strategy provides an opportunity to assess the quality of the public realm in Magherafelt and put forward proposals to improve and enhance the existing public spaces within the town centre.

The plans, which show a regenerated and pedestrian friendly town centre, are currently on display in Meadowlane Shopping Centre. Representatives are encouraging the public to have their say on the proposals, and have extended the consultation period on the scheme to gather more feedback and public opinion on how the community wants its town centre to look in the future.

Chairperson Councillor Ian Milne commented: “In these difficult economic times it is important that schemes like these are brought forward. High quality public realm will make the town more attractive and welcoming to people and shoppers.

“This will result in more residents and visitors coming to Magherafelt and spending money in the local shops and businesses.” Councillor Milne added: “Council was keen to extend the consultation period by a further 4 weeks to ensure people have the opportunity to view the proposals and have their say on the future plans for Magherafelt Town Centre.”

The proposals will be on display in Meadowlane Shopping Centre, Magherafelt District Council Offices and The Bridewell, where questionnaires and information about the Public Realm Scheme is available.

The information is also available on Council’s website www.magherafelt.gov.uk where you can submit your comments online. These comments will be taken on board so that the final plan is fully developed to comprehensively improve the public realm for the people of Magherafelt.

The Public Realm Scheme design is being led by a steering group made up of representatives from Department of Social Development, Magherafelt District Council and Magherafelt Chamber of Commerce.

Public Realm is defined as any publicly owned streets, pathways, rights of way, parks, publicly accessible open spaces and any public and civic building and facilities.

The Public Realm Strategy will look at Rainey Street, Queen Street, Market Street & The Diamond, Broad Street, Church Street, King Street and Churchwell Lane. Pedestrian linkages within the town centre and parking both on street and in car parks. The strategy will also consider street furniture and materials, signage and art work within the town centre.

For further information about the Public Realm Scheme contact Davina McCartney Towns and Community Regeneration Officer on 028 79397979 or email public.realm@magherafelt.gov.uk