Hopes for Dromore’s future were literally placed in the hands of the new local authority last week.
Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey did the honours, visiting Dromore on Wednesday to formally launch the Masterplan drawn up by consultants as a blueprint for town centre regeneration.
The DUP minister presented the completed plan to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
On hand for the launch, alongside local councillors and officials, were Lord Mayor Darryn Causby and council Chief Executive Roger Wilson.
It was a return to Dromore for the minister, whose earlier visits have included local charity Via Wings and the new Dromore primary school site - this in his previous capacity as Chair of the Stormont Education Committee , in response to the school’s ongoing campaign for additional classroom provision.
Latterly, Mr Storey visited town for the launch of public consultation on the draft Masterplan.
Among those to speak to the minister during last week’s visit was party colleague and Lagan Valley MLA Brenda Hale, who said: “I look forward to working with the Minister, the Council Chief Executive Roger Wilson and local councillors as they seek to see the vision envisaged in the Masterplan take shape in the coming years.
“ A copy of the Masterplan is available to view in my Dromore office.”
Members of the public are also being encouraged to obtain a copy of the Masterplan and air their views by contacting Mechelle Brown at the council on 028 406 62 0250.