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Positive news for Coalisland canal pathway as resurfacing works announced

In recent weeks, Coalisland canal pathway has become the unfortunate subject of some rather negative headlines.

However, Independent Councilor Dan Kerr announced some positive news today upon learning that resurfacing works he had called for have been confirmed for commencement this Spring.

Speaking to Tyrone I Councilor Kerr said: “It’s great news. I lodged a complaint with Park Services last May about a section of the pathway that was sinking in and just today I’ve received an update to say that works have been agreed under the Covid Small Settlement scheme”.

The current state of the pathway

The pathway is a popular route and well frequented by local runners and dog walkers, however, due to the subsidence of sections of the path it came to present a trip hazard.

Councilor Kerr, stated: “According to the council official they have secured funding under the ‘small settlement scheme’ with remedial works due to start in March or April time.

“I will continue to try and fight my very best for the residents of Coalisland and refuse to let our valuable assets/facilities to be neglected by council. I’ll always have the best interests of the people.”

In June 2022, a £160,000 Shared Space project in Coalisland town centre commenced, at the time it was announced that the regeneration would include the development of the canal towpath area, including new amphitheatre seating, benches and lighting at the start of the canal”.

Pathways were upgraded, covered seating installed and existing railings and walls were also updated.

The project, was been funded through the EU’s Peace IV Programme

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