The first phase of an ambitious capital development programme delivered by Mid Ulster District Council at Ballyronan Marina has opened today, following extensive redevelopment of the Lough shore site.
The new facilities were opened by the Chair and Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council and children from the Ballyronan Community Play Group, who were joined by special guest, George McCullough, resident of the Marina Care Home. At 77 Mr. McCullough is the oldest surviving person with Down’s Syndrome in the UK and Ireland.
Council Chair, Councillor Paul McLean, welcomed the opening of the new play area, extended car park and refurbished community building, saying,
“Our investment in this project, combined with Rural Development Funding gratefully received from DAERA, and the hard work over the past months by the project contractors, E Quinn Civils, has made a critical contribution to develop a key tourism site within the Mid Ulster district, which will help attract domestic, and eventually, out of state visitors. At the same time, we are ensuring that the visitor experience is enhanced for our local population, both here in Ballyronan and throughout its surrounding areas. This is especially welcome now that the school summer holidays have started!”
Mid Ulster District Council Deputy Chair, Councillor Christine McFlynn, helping to open the new facilities at the Marina also welcomed the difference they would make, saying:
“The improvements that have been brought about by the substantial investment in this site include development of the existing play area to include all-inclusive play equipment helping to provide a sensory rich, positive and engaging experience for all children, and the addition of a Changing Places facility which will make this an integrated, engaging and accessible place for local families to visit this summer and for many years to come.”
Improvements to the buildings on site will mean the Marina will be the third outdoor recreation facility in Mid Ulster to have a Changing Places facility, joining Knockmany Forest and OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory.
Later in the summer, four luxury on-water glamping pods will be in place complementing the new viewing platform which has been constructed on the breakwater to provide never before seen views of Lough Neagh.
The pods will be the only one of their kind here, offering a unique accommodation experience that will be incomparable to any currently available. The pods will be complimented by augmented reality interpretation panels that will bring the mythology of Lough Neagh to life.
The total project has been made possible by investment of £690K by the Council, and through part-funding under the Rural Tourism Scheme of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014 -2020, and Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, and the European Union.
Mid Ulster Residents ‘Step It Up’ to Secure Top Recycling Spot
Residents in Mid Ulster have certainly ‘Stepped Up’ their recycling and again secured the top spot on the recycling table for the period January – March 2021.
Official Quarter 4 (January – March 2021) recycling rates just released show that Mid Ulster achieved the highest household recycling rate of all 11 councils here with 54.8%, up 4.2% on the same period last year.
To add to this, the district again had the lowest amount of waste sent to landfill out of all 11 councils at 3.8% for the quarter.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Wesley Brown, applauded these results:
“These results demonstrate yet again the dedication and resilience of our residents, during what has been an extremely difficult time for everyone. Their commitment and enthusiasm to recycling has remained resolute and for that, we are tremendously grateful. I wish to also commend and thank our bin collection and recycling centre staff for the valuable roles they play in helping consistently secure this top position.
“In our new recycling campaign we are asking residents to ‘Step It Up’ and to ‘Recycle Right’. This excellent result again confirms that they are indeed doing just that, and doing it very successfully. However, we cannot get complacent. We can all improve our everyday recycling habits to ensure we maintain this leading position and to help protect the environment.”
Mid Ulster Residents Encouraged To ‘Step It Up’ This Recycle Week
Mid Ulster District Council is encouraging residents to ‘Step Up’ their recycling efforts and ‘Recycle Right’ this Recycle Week, 20 – 26 September.
Mid Ulster consistently holds the spot as the top recycling Council in Northern Ireland but there is still more we can do to step up our recycling and help fight climate change.
Latest research from Recycle Now reveals that 9 out of 10 people now recycle.
However, across Mid Ulster 55% of the contents of household black bins are items that can be recycled in the blue and brown bins; including food waste, glass, paper, card and plastics bottles, pots, tubs and trays as well as bathroom plastics like toiletries (shampoo and conditioner bottles, shower gel bottles) and cleaning and bleach bottles.
This is where we can all ‘Step It Up’ and recycle these items right. By doing so we will also be helping in the fight against climate change. Recycling currently saves 18 million tonnes of CO2 every year, which is the same as taking 12 million cars off the road.
Follow these simple tips to make sure you recycle right in Mid Ulster:
- Recycle more plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays from all around the home as well as metal tins/cans, paper/card and glass bottles and jars. All these items should be recycled in your blue bin and should be clean, dry and loose to ensure maximum recycling can be achieved. Garden and food waste should be recycled in your brown bin and never disposed of in your general waste bin.
- Never dispose of nappies, food waste, containers that still have food residue or bottles that still contain liquids, in the blue bin.
- Your brown bin is for the disposal of garden and food waste as well as cold ashes. It should never be used to dispose of general waste or blue bin items.
- Remember to take larger or more bulky items like electricals, wood and hard plastics to your nearest Recycling Centre.
- Unwanted clothing and footwear can also be taken to one of the recycling Centres or donated to charity.
Chair of the Council, Councillor Paul McLean, is encouraging everyone across the district to ‘Step It Up’ and recycle even more as part of our everyday lives.
“Mid Ulster residents have demonstrated their commitment to recycling time and time again and it is this passion and dedication that has seen Mid Ulster consistently named the top performing council for recycling in all of Northern Ireland. I want to extend a sincere thank you to all residents, schools and businesses in the district for achieving these fantastic results year after year.
“However, I know there is still more we can do. If we all ‘Step It Up’ and ‘Recycle Right’ by recycling more of the right things, more often, we will increase this rate even further and more importantly help tackle climate change.
“Small but powerful everyday actions, such as recycling more, will have a huge impact on the environment and the planet, helping to protect and safeguard it for the generations that will come after us. Let’s all get behind this campaign and ‘Recycle Right’ this week and every week in the future.”