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Share Your Views and Shape Regeneration in Portadown Town Centre

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is encouraging local businesses, residents and the wider public to share their thoughts on proposals for a new town centre market and Gateway Enhancement Scheme in Portadown.

From today (Wednesday 14 April), the local community are invited to take part in a short online survey and share their thoughts, comments and views on these two regeneration initiatives planned for Portadown – providing an opportunity for them to influence and get involved in local decision-making.

Local members of the public can provide feedback on factors such as the location, frequency, timing and car parking arrangements for the market – which is intended to be located at Magowan West Car Park (adjacent to the High Street Mall, Woodhouse Street).

They can also comment on and contribute to the development, inclusivity and accessibility of a new Gateway Enhancement Scheme, for the arrival into the town centre from Portadown Train Station, Woodhouse Street and Obins Street.

Make Your Voice Heard

“Make your voice heard and help shape the decision-making on the future regeneration of Portadown Town Centre” commented Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage.

Continuing he said: “Portadown has a strong and historic retail tradition, and council is proposing the introduction of a new exciting town centre market and a range of gateway improvement works to help build upon this and assist the area’s economic recovery and rejuvenation.

“Your input is incredibly important to us and I would urge all businesses, residents and the wider community to complete this short survey and get involved in the development of these initiatives.”

Together the proposals for a new town centre market at Magowan West Car Park and a Gateway Enhancement Scheme aim to create a vibrant, attractive and welcoming environment for residents, shoppers and visitors to the area. They also play a key part in council’s proactive and targeted actions to help stimulate economic recovery and drive sustainable long-term growth in Portadown.

Feedback and input from the local business community, residents and wider public will help inform the development, design and direction of these important regeneration initiatives.

How to take part

The public consultation is open from today, Wednesday 14 April and will close on Wednesday 28 April 2021. To take part click here.

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New Code of Conduct for the Newry-Portadown Canal Towpath

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council launched new Code of Conduct for Newry-Portadown Canal Towpath to help encourage responsible behaviour and mutual respect among all its users. Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage pictured with Aimee Flynn and Mark Cahoon at Moneypenny’s Lock.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough (ABC) Council is promoting a simple Code of Conduct for all users of the Newry-Portadown Canal Towpath to abide by.

One of the longest, traffic-free walking and cycling routes in Northern Ireland, the Newry-Portadown Canal Towpath runs for 20 miles from the Bann Bridge in Portadown to the Town Hall in Newry, taking in views of the River Bann and a beautiful array of local plants and wildlife.

With such a scenic backdrop, it is easy to see why this outdoor attraction proves so popular with locals and visitors – seeing a wide mix of users including cyclists, walkers, runners and many others.

To help encourage responsible behaviour and mutual respect among all its users, ABC Council has launched a new Code of Conduct for everyone to follow.

The Code will apply to the Newry-Portadown Canal Towpath as well as to the Bann Boulevard path, which runs from the Point of Whitecoat to Shillington’s Quay in Portadown. It encourages harmonious interaction across the shared-use paths by relying on all users:

  • being considerate towards each other,
  • taking responsibility for their own actions, and
  • caring for the environment.

Launching the Code of Conduct, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage said:

“The Newry-Portadown Canal Towpath is a fantastic asset for the people of our borough, offering a picturesque place to exercise at or relax and unwind in – all while enjoying its beautiful natural surroundings.

“Council’s new Code of Conduct offers a simple but important guide for all towpath users, focusing on the importance of everyone treating the walkway and its users with respect and consideration. I would urge all residents and visitors to the area to follow the Code to help ensure we all get to enjoy this shared space as safely as possible.”

The Newry-Portadown Canal Towpath Code of Conduct is accessible online here here and a print version will be available soon.

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Council Launches Photography Competition for Pioneering Agriculture Strategy

The competition opens on Saturday 1st May and the closing date is Friday 28th May at 4pm. The competition is for amateur photographers only.

With farming at the heart of our borough, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is currently in the process of developing an innovative Agriculture Strategy – leading the way as the first council within Northern Ireland taking a strategic approach to the agriculture industry.

Your help is needed! Amateur photographers are invited to put their skills to the test and enter the Farming and Food Photography Competition – with the winning photos being featured within this strategy and online gallery.

There will be eight categories to choose from and each entrant can enter a maximum of two photographs across the following categories:

  • Farming Generations and Family
  • Farming Innovation
  • Food Production
  • Landscapes
  • Local Food
  • Livestock
  • Machinery
  • Young photographer (open to anyone under 16 years of age on the closing date)

The winner of each category will also receive a £50 meal voucher at an independent restaurant or cafe within the Borough.

“Agriculture, farming and food are a vital part of our borough’s economy and an important source of livelihood, underpinning the success of many businesses in this local area,” commented the Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Kevin Savage. “As an example, you only have to look at the Council’s Food Heartland Initiative over the last few years to see the strength of the food offering within our borough.”

Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Kyle Savage added, “We are extremely proud to be the first local council to produce an Agriculture Strategy and to recognise the importance of supporting the local farming and agri-food industry – and we would like you to help us to capture the story of what the Agriculture Industry means through this photographic competition.

“We would encourage our local residents to get out and about, and take some photos showcasing all we have to offer within our farming communities. We look forward to seeing them!”

The competition opens on Saturday 1st May and the closing date is Friday 28th May at 4pm. The competition is for amateur photographers only. All entries should be emailed to agri@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk and should be labelled with your name and category. All competition rules can be found here.

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