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Front green work due to start in June

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Work to transform Lochgilphe­ad’s front green into a community and recreation space will start in June, with the contract awarded to Hawthorn Heights Limited based in Eglinton, Northern Ireland, writes Colin Cameron.

Four bids were received for the retendered contract, worth £1.5 million, to develop a new play park and public square with increased seating and improved cycling and walking routes. Work will also involve improved drainage and raising the ground surface level.

Councillor Alastair Redman, policy lead for business, regenerati­on and commercial developmen­t, said: ‘Creating outdoor recreation spaces not only brings benefits to our community but also to visitors and local businesses. It’s great to see this long-term community aspiration become a reality.’

Following public consultati­ons, the design proposals received planning permission in November 2019 with a minor amendment to approval, approved in January 2021.

All the elements of the original proposal remain, although the scale of the developmen­t has been reduced to deliver the project on budget within the timescale.

Detailed plans of the proposed developmen­t can be viewed on the council’s website. The front green is the latest regenerati­on project in Lochgilphe­ad designed to create a safe and more attractive environmen­t while supporting local businesses, following recent improvemen­ts to Colchester Square and Argyll Street.

Work is expected to start in June and continue throughout the year. The front green is expected to be closed to the public during this period and to reopen early in 2022.

 ?? 51_a11FrontGr­eenPlans17 ?? Members of the public at an informatio­n event on the front green project in March 2019.
51_a11FrontGr­eenPlans17 Members of the public at an informatio­n event on the front green project in March 2019.
 ??  ?? The front green improvemen­ts have taken years of planning.
The front green improvemen­ts have taken years of planning.

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