Plans to link Clare Glen to Tandragee with footpath

Thursday, 23 February 2017

THE ABC council is to explore the possibility of linking a public area in Tandragee to Clare Glen as part of a major revamp of the scenic beauty spot.

The Oaks, a public area in the town under council ownership, is a popular route for walkers as it leads to the Cusher River.

Land situated between The Oaks and Clare Glen is now to be investigated with the aim of linking both areas with a walkway, after the leisure services committee agreed to explore the possibility at its latest meeting.

The proposal was made by committee member, Independent Unionist councillor, Paul Berry, who emphasised that it is an idea that has long been mooted locally. "It's something that has been voiced by the community to me over the years," he explained. "It would mean that anyone in Tandragee could walk to Clare Glen without even getting into a car."

The land in question is under private ownership, continued Councillor Berry, who said consultants Outdoor Recreation NI have been tasked with assessing the viability of linking both destinations. "It would be fantastic if it could happen. I know everyone in the community would be keen to see it happen," he said.

The development comes as the committee gave its approval in principle to include the 42,500 redevelopment of Clare Glen, which includes new trails and a play area, on the council's capital programme for 2017-19, moving the scheme one step closer to fruition.

Meanwhile the redevelopment of Carnagh Forest and the Darkley Forest Community Trail were also added to the programme, costing just over 67k and 300k respectively.

On social media Councillor Thomas O'Hanlon spoke of his delight at the latest development: "After months of work behind the scenes, I'm delighted officials have presented plans for the redevelopment of Carnagh to committee.

"There are still some tweaks to be made to the proposals, and we hope these will be finalised in the next few weeks and ratified next month.

"The scheme is to be included in next year's capital programme and will see walkways created throughout the site, parking, seating and signage. This will open up the area to the community and will be a first class facility for all the community."


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