Dromore master plan assurances welcomed

Councillor Olive Mercer.
Councillor Olive Mercer.

There was a welcome this week for assurances that a Dromore regeneration masterplan will be “comprehensive and sustainable”.

The applause came from Dromore Councillor Olive Mercer, who welcomed the recently released Housing Executive Banbridge District Housing Plan and Local Housing Strategy 2014/2015.

“It advises,” said the Ulster Unionist councillor, “that the Department of Social Development-funded Dromore Master Plan, commissioned to provide a framework for the promotion, implementation and timing of urban regeneration initiatives in Dromore, will be comprehensive and sustainable.

“The plan was initiated to identify how the full regeneration potential of the town can be realised.

“On completion there will be a period of public consultation in the autumn of 2014 when local people will be invited to view the draft proposals and make comments.”

Councillor Mercer went on to note that a number of Dromore locations were in line for wundow replacements.

“As part of the Housing Executive’s extensive maintenance programme of work for the Banbridge District 2014/2015 it has been confirmed that a number of locations in Dromore are included in a proposed double glazing window replacement scheme which is due to commence on site in the last quarter of this financial year.”

Mrs Mercer said a number of addresses had been identified to her as being earmarked for inclusion in the programme.

They were, she said, mainlymainly located in the Rampart Street, Mountview Drive, McCandless Terrace, Beech Grove, Jubilee Park and Laganvale areas.

“A reserve programme of work for kitchen replacement includes Brewery Lane,” she added.

“However this programme will be subject to available financial resources and may not be completed until the 2015/2016 financial year.”