Killyleagh community group praise

Killyleagh community group praise

12 January 2022

THE efforts of the Killyleagh Community Association to improve the town have been praised by Strangford MLA Peter Weir.

Mr Weir met recently with a number of representatives from the group to hear about their future plans after recently securing £16,000 from the Live Here Love Here marine litter capital grant scheme. 

The money will be used to purchase 26 new bins which will be placed at a number of locations along shoreline walkways.

Mr Weir recently undertook a residents’ survey when the lack of litter bins was one of the key issues highlighted.

“The funding which has been secured will help address the bins issue and I have also been informed that a large number of volunteers from the community group take part in litter picks every weekend,” he said.

“The group has also been successful in applying for funds from the Live Here Love Here rural community pollinator grants scheme which will help create a number of wildflower meadows and native tree planting in the village over the next few months.”

The group also submitted a successful application to the Assets Recovery Community Scheme for a music-based project for young people, with the “Our Town” project launched last month.

It aims to provide a group of young people from Killyleagh with a creative forum in which to come together, express themselves, gain confidence and learn new skills.

Mr Weir added: “It is fantastic to see residents volunteering their time to improve their community. Killyleagh is a wonderful town, but it has the potential to improve. 

“I look forward to working with the town’s community association to see delivery and progress in Killyleagh.”