Downpatrick estate to get refurbishment

Downpatrick estate to get refurbishment

15 March 2017

THE Lynn Doyle Place housing estate in Downpatrick is in line for a major upgrade.

Weeks after residents expressed concern about parking issues which prevented bin lorries from accessing the estate, the issue to be addressed as part of a new initiative being supported by Transport NI and the Housing Executive.

Work is to start over the coming weeks which will result in new railings and gates being erected around a children’s play area adjacent to the perimeter wall of the town’s former police base.

In addition, Executive properties will be repainted, while Transport NI has been asked to improve street lighting and upgrade footpaths.

South Down MP Margaret Ritchie, who met recently with representatives from the Lynn Doyle Place Residents’ Association, said the estate has been in need of regeneration for quite some time and is pleased improvement work is due to commence shortly.

“I am delighted to announce that a number of works are due to commence in the near future,” she continued. “During my recent meeting with residents, quite a substantial amount of improvement work was identified as required to be acted upon by various agencies, including Transport NI and the Housing Executive. It is important this work is implemented for residents in the interests of health and safety and the environment at the earliest opportunity.”

Miss Ritchie confirmed a wide range of work is due to be carried out, including the erection of metal railings and gates at the play area beside the former police base.

“The Housing Executive has confirmed houses within the estate are to be repainted with this work carried out in the future, while street lighting and footpaths need to be improved and repaired. I will continue to pursue these issues with the relevant agencies,” said the MP.

Miss Ritchie added: “Generally speaking, Lynn Doyle Place has been in need of regeneration for quite some time and I am delighted residents have now been given confirmation that improvement work will indeed commence shortly.”

South Down MLA Colin McGrath said he looks forward to working with Lynn Doyle residents and Miss Ritchie to help implement an environmental improvement scheme at the estate and hopes work can start shortly.

“This is an area of Downpatrick that is used as a pedestrian thoroughfare and people transiting through the estate show little concern for the local residents,” he said.

“There are often large amounts of rubbish and cars parked in the area block access for locals.

Street lighting is poor and the closure of the nearby former police station has left a ‘concrete void’ which blots the landscape for residents. Lighting and road infrastructure need to be improved.”

Mr McGrath said both he and the MP will continue to make representations to Transport NI and other relevant authorities to ensure the Lynn Doyle area is improved for residents.