Full steam ahead for £10,000 Magherafelt community garden

Darren Totten at the entrance to the Killowen estate.
Darren Totten at the entrance to the Killowen estate.

After a lengthy delay work is expected to start next Monday on a £10,000 community garden at Killowen Drive, Magherafelt.

The plan is to turn an area of neglected land near the entrance to the estate into a space that can be enjoyed by all the community.

Sinn Fein councillor Darren Totten is delighted that they have been able to secure agreement from the Housing Executive to carry out the proposed work which will take about two weeks to complete.

He explained: “The garden was first proposed by the Killowen Drive Residents Association in 2013 with the housing executive in favour of the plan however it had reached a stalemate, and work on the project had ceased. This was extremely disappointing as the group had put a lot of time and effort into the plans and residents were keen to see it in place.”

He expressed his thanks to Mid Ulster MLA Ian Milne for his assistance and advice in putting this project back on track. He added: “I would also like to commend the good work by all those involved in the residents association. I regularly hear praise from other areas about the excellent work going on in the estate and I look forward to being involved in other community projects in the future.”