Monaghan County Council will shortly appoint a design team for Phase 2 of the Ulster Canal Greenway.
This project will see the existing Monaghan Town Greenway extended west to Smithborough and east to Middletown, Co. Armagh. A spur of the Greenway is also proposed along the route of the Monaghan Town Bypass. This 22km project will follow the route of the Ulster Canal wherever possible.
The project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border cooperation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
Over the coming months the design team will be required to identify potential route options and identify a preferred route corridor. Planning approval will then be applied for before the lands are acquired and construction commences.
During the design stage of the project there will be opportunities for landowners, stakeholders and the general public to have input and give feedback. Before the design stage actively commences a series of community information evenings are being held to let people know about what to expect during the design phase. Landowners, members of the communities along the route and any interested parties are invited to find out more by dropping in to any of these 3 information events being held between 4pm and 8pm in Tyholland Community Centre on Tuesday 2nd October 2018, Middletown Community Parish Hall on Wednesday 10th October and Smithborough Community Hall on Thursday 18th October 2018.
Waterways Ireland is the lead partner on this INTERREG VA funded project, which is being delivered in partnership with Monaghan County Council, Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council and East Border Region Ltd.