Councilor McGagan, who chairs the Maghira Town Center Forum, a partnership of local business, community and volunteer sector representatives, as well as local councilors, said: The council has designated it as an area to be developed to provide sustainable opportunities for outdoor recreational, social or educational activities.
“I am delighted to be able to play a key role in purchasing these lands through the council while protecting the much-needed green space for local residents. My goal has always been to ensure that locals are responsibly healthy and fit. Accessible environments and landscapes that everyone can connect and engage with.
“Outdoor Entertainment NI has been tasked with developing a master plan for the site and is now inviting locals to comment on how the site can be developed. In recent days I have been very busy working with the council staff to ensure that all of our local community, youth and sports organizations and groups encourage their membership and service users. Please participate fully in this welcome consultation. Consultation will close soon on Monday, February 28.
“Residents of Maghira can complete an online survey hosted on the council’s website or complete a hard copy that can be requested by Outdoor Recreation NI via email.” You are also invited to attend an online public engagement workshop that will be facilitated by Outdoor Recreation NI on Wednesday, February 23 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The meeting is free to attend. However, those who wish to participate are asked to complete a pre = registration form in advance to get the zoom link. All information regarding this consultation can be found here. http://www.midulstercouncil.org/MullaghRoadGreenSpace“
Looking to the future in a positive light, Councilor McGagan said: “I am committed to promoting sustainable economic development in Maghira and its rural areas. In the coming months we will have a business park on the site of the former high school. There will be exciting opportunities for the development of, as well as the investment of millions of pounds in the renovation of Maghira Town Center along with the rollout of public sector projects.
“With our Sinn Féin colleagues in the council, we will continue to use our mandate, as given to us by such a large number of local voters, to effectively deliver what local families and workers have demanded – locally. Opportunity to work as a family. Friendly and well-paid jobs, while also having the right to live in a community that includes outdoor recreation, healthy living and activities that promote positive mental health and wellness. “