Public share views on Moira plans

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Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council held a drop-in session at Moira Primary School last week to allow the local community to find out more about the public realm improvement scheme for the village.

The Council recently appointed an integrated consultation team to develop plans for a possible future public realm scheme for the centre of the village of Moira.

The drop-in session on Tuesday November 17 was the first public consultation on the Moira scheme and provided members of the public the opportunity to share their initial thoughts and ideas about the public realm space and how it should be used.

Plans to improve the village could include upgraded paving, new lighting, and new street furniture.

Members of the local community were invited to the event to share their views on the scheme and to let the Council know what they thought could be improved in the village.

Lisburn’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alexander Redpath attended the drop-in session.

“I was pleased to attend the recent consultation and would like to thank all the local residents who took the time to give their views,” said Mr Redpath. “Consultation is ongoing and I would urge all local residents to get in touch with the council to ensure their views are heard.

“The scope of the works will likely include replacing some existing paving and street lighting. However it is also envisaged that there will be major remodelling of the Main Street/Meeting Street junction.

“These works represent a major investment in Moira but it’s vital that this investment is spent wisely and with the full support of the community. The council is very keen to hear from residents about how we can best advance this scheme.”

Alliance Councillor Owen Gawith, who also attended the event in Moria, added: “I was delighted to see such a large response to the first public consultation and would encourage everyone to engage with the process as much as possible.

“The public realm works are vital for the renewal of Moira’s infrastructure, and whilst some disruption and delays to traffic are inevitable whilst the work is done the results, as we see in the Demesne, will be for everyone’s benefit. I have been contacted since the meeting by several residents and want to make sure there is as much information as possible to help everyone have their say.”

After all this is where we live; what it looks & feels like should matter to all of us.”