Town revamp will create a ‘safer’ Magherafelt

A MAGHERAFELT councillor says he hopes the proposed revamp of the town centre will create a safer and healthier environment.

Local SDLP member Jim Campbell made the comment as the public consultation on the plans came to an end.

Business owners, community groups and members of the public were involved in a series of workshops in recent months.

The revamp, costing over £1 million, envisages an uplift for Broad Street, the Diamond and Market Square areas.

The main roundabout would also be reduced in size to facilitate the flow of traffic through Magherafelt.

The scheme also encompasses improvements and greater focus on pedestrian movement and safety in the town centre area.

The next stage will be to evaluate fully verbal and written responses collected by the planning consultants and adjust, if feasible, the proposals contained in the original outline plans.

Councillor Campbell, a member of the steering group promoting the changes welcomed the positive engagement by the public.

“It is quite clear to anyone living in the town or indeed visiting that the current traffic problems must be addressed,” he said.

“Realistically it is most unlikely that a much needed by-pass will come to fruition within another 15 years and something needs to be done now to improve conditions for pedestrians and motorists alike.

It is some years since any changes have been made to the town centre and they are long overdue to create a safer and healthier environment for the people of the town.

Sinn Fein, who are supporting the proposals, say they will create a ‘shared surface’ for all the residents of the town to feel welcome in.

Work could get underway on the revamp in the near future, providing funds there are no planning or funding delays.