Mid Ulster Council acquires Maghera land for 'potential development'

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian McGuigan has welcomed Mid Ulster District Council’s recent acquirement of 37 acres of land in Maghera between the Mullagh Road and Tobermore Road for economic and recreational development purposes.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th April 2021, 2:48 pm

Councillor McGuigan said: “As part of the Maghera 2017-2030 Physical Development Framework and Action Plan the creation of outdoor recreational space was identified as a theme for potential development.

“Over the past number of years I have continued to work closely with Council officials identifying potential ground and I am delighted to announce that Council is now in a position to approve procurement appointment of a suitably qualified Consultancy team(s) to develop a Master Plan/Business Case for the potential development of the lands between the Mullagh Road and Tobermore Road as an outdoor recreational green space for the Maghera area.

“A significant portion of the land is identified for the provision of green space, to include the creation of habitat biodiversity/conservation, natural play and a network of community trails in response to the need of additional outdoor recreational facilities in the Maghera area and Sinn Féin will be supporting Councils’ recommendation to approve and proceed to the next stage of development towards a Master Plan for the area.

Councillor Brian McGuigan in Maghera's walled garden.

“The Master Planning process will allow for outline concept development proposals steered by further community consultation across a wide range of local stake-holders and user groups.”

Promoting the use of outdoor recreation Cllr McGuigan has secured further opening hours and user enhancement at the Walled Garden in the town.

The Carntogher elected representative added: “The local community in Maghera have requested better public availability access to the Walled Garden from the Largantogher Walkway and Council is in construction of an additional entrance creating a public park feel to the Walled Garden, where users can further enjoy flower borders full of heritage varieties and vegetable-growing areas, as well as the extensive glasshouse as part of our plant nursery and courtyard garden with full accessibility for wheelchair users.”

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The land acquired by Mid Ulster District Council.

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