Work Commences on Borough’s PEACE IV Shared Spaces and Services Projects

Monday 13th January 2020

Work has officially started on a number of shared spaces and services projects in Ards and North Down thanks to a multimillion pound cash injection from the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme.

Mayor cutting the sod in Comber

Of the total £3.3m awarded, £1m has been set aside by Ards and North Down Borough Council to develop community shared spaces in Comber, Holywood, Portaferry and Portavogie. This project is supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland.

Work in Comber and Portaferry officially started on 6 January with Comber’s Mucker’s Field set to get a new skate park with fencing and lighting. Additional drainage works will be added to the existing family kick about area and the path that surrounds the entire field, which connects to the Comber to Newtownards Greenway, will be upgraded and widened.

In Portaferry, there will be improvements to the existing walking trail path at Nugent’s Wood as well as additional drainage works, seating, sculptures and new entrance signage. Meanwhile, an official walking trail gravel path will be installed at Portaferry Ropewalk where new seating and entrance signage will also be installed.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Bill Keery, said:

“Ards and North Down Borough Council is looking forward to making the most of the opportunity provided by the PEACE IV Programme. The Programme is designed to support peace and reconciliation and will bring a real, tangible benefit to our community.”

“Each development will focus on creating a more cohesive society through an increased provision of shared spaces and services across the Borough ensuring that each area will provide recreational facilities for all members of the community to use.”

With the appointment of FP McCann as the main contractor for all four sites, work will commence on the final two sites in Holywood and Portavogie in the late spring. 

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