Councillors have given their approval for a major plan to boost the image of the adjoining border villages of Pettigo in Co. Donegal and Tullyhommon in Co. Fermanagh.
The plans will see with the construction of a new facilities including a community centre, riverside park and footbridge over the Termon river.
EU Peace III funding has been secured to “regenerate” the villages which have “suffered physically, socially and economically from the Troubles”.
According to Bryan Cannon, Senior Executive Engineer of the Peace III Pettigo Tullyhummon Termon Project, the aim is to bring together both villages using an element that naturally unites them – the Termon river.
This has led to proposals being drawn up for a public park along side the river with a footbridge linking both sides.
There will also be a new community centre, multi-use games area, playschool, community gardens, and play areas adjacent to the existing community centre and a youth facility at the Methodist Hall.
Approval has also been given for an environmental improvement project which will see resurfacing of some roads and footpaths, new lighting and seating, new railings, bollards, bins and trees, uplighting of bridges and the proposed riverside bridge, and the undergrounding of overhead cables along Mill Street.
A decision to give the go ahead for the project was proposed by Cllr. Barry O’Neill and seconded by Cllr. Brendan Byrne.