Limavady’s only pedestrianised street is to get an “impressive” makeover costing £200,000, the ‘Journal’ can reveal.
The Public Realm Scheme, involving the Department of Social Development and the Department of Regional Development - will see a “rather tired looking” Market Street get an upgrade with new paving, lighting, trees replaced and new street furniture.
A DSD spokesperson said: “This £200,000 public realm project to upgrade Limavady’s Market Street, which is being funded by the Department for Social Development and designed and implemented in partnership with the Department for Regional Development’s Road Service, will commence in January 2012 and take approximately 10-12 weeks to complete. The work will involve the refurbishment of the existing pedestrian zone with the installation of new paving, lighting and street furniture together with replacement tree planting.
“Utility providers are expected to take the opportunity to upgrade their networks in advance of this but it is envisaged that all preliminary works should be completed by early December with temporary reinstatements in place to ensure the area is fully open and safe for use over the busy Christmas/New Year period.”
Councillors were assured at Tuesday’s Planning meeting disruption from the scheme would be kept to a minimum.
Among the councillors welcoming the news was the SDLP’s Gerry Mullan who said: “It’s a very impressive scheme and I am confident it will be done with as little disruption as possible.”
UU councillor Jack Rankin said the scheme would give the area a lift, especially since a lot of shops had been done up.
“Let’s get on with it. Market Street looks awful at the present time. This will really lift this area of the town,” he said.
Sinn Fein councillor Anne Brolly asked if there was any money left over could an area of Market Street be portioned off and covered for musicians who come to play there at different times during the year. “I think it’s an innovative idea,” she said. “It’s the ideal place to do it.”