Plans to ‘light up’ the bridge over the Bann at Portglenone

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The bridge at Portglenone. Picture – Google.

A councillor has told of plans to “light up” the bridge over the Bann at Portglenone.

SDLP councillor Martin Kearney, who sits on Mid Ulster District Council, was speaking as he welcomed maintenance work being carried out at the bridge.

He said: “Since becoming a councillor in 2014 I have campaigned for a clean-up for this listed bridge, which has been in existence for over 165 years.

“This bridge is a local landmark and record levels of traffic use it day-in day-out. Designed by Charles Lanyon, who also designed Queen’s University, this bridge was first built upside down locally, with each stone numbered individually, to ensure accuracy of design.

“For the last four years I have been in regular contact with all the statutory agencies responsible for its upkeep.

“Residents on both sides of the Bann and visitors to the area have been in contact also complaining about the overall condition, and in particular, unsightly vegetation, weed growth, dirty pavements and rusty handrails.

“The local Enterprise Group, of which I am a member, have ambitious plans to light up the bridge.

“A suspended footpath is also being proposed as there is little protection at present for people crossing over.

“With very successful community festivals like ‘The Big Splash’ and ‘The GigntheBann’, and the proposed development by the Mid-Ulster Council leading up to the fishing points at Molloy’s Ford, Portglenone rightfully has received much acclaim for recreation, tourism and entertainment.”

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