Gilford riverbank project gets approval

Sydney Anderson in Gilford.
Sydney Anderson in Gilford.

Plans for a riverside regeneration project to develop an overgrown undeveloped strip of land along the Bann River in Gilford have been approved by the council.

DUP MLA Sydney Anderson said that the project was positive news for the village and will improve the area for residents as well as providing additional recreational facilities and better public amenities.

Mr Anderson said: “I am aware that the ABC council have granted planning approval for a riverside regeneration project along the Bann River in Gilford.

“The site is made up of a strip of land on the north bank between the river and backs of properties on Mill Street and Dunbarton Street. The lower half of the site consists of a riverside park area which is linked by a bridge to Stramore Park on the opposite bank of the river. The rest of the site is currently undeveloped riverbank which is mainly overgrown.”

Features of the regeneration project include a new footpath, seating, lighting and fencing. Mr Anderson added: “This proposal for a riverside regeneration scheme involves the provision of a new footpath, seating, decks, jetties and interpretation panels. The scheme will also introduce low level lighting, fencing and railing, bins, lifebuoys and landscaping works.

“Ultimately, this scheme is seeking to create an attractive riverside recreational space making full use of high-quality design and materials that will complement the character and appearance of the Gilford area.”

“The approval of this scheme is positive news for Gilford because it will improve and expand an existing recreational facility and will provide amenities to the local residents. It will also complement existing land uses aiding accessibility to the centre of Gilford, residential areas, and other nearby recreational facilities.”

“On top of this the provision of lighting, safety railings and lifebuoys will help to promote public safety,” Mr Anderson added.

Timothy Mayes, chairman of Gilford Concerned Residents Group, also welcomed the planning approval for the project. He said: “It is good to hear that this project has received the necessary planning approval and I’m hopeful that work to carry out these improvements will commence as soon as possible.

“This area will be accessible to cyclists, pedestrians, people with disabilities, and will also benefit those involved in a range of water sports. It is always positive to hear of improvement works being carried out in our village.”