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Council unveils £12m plan to give Strabane a facelift

By Brendan McDaid

Strabane District Council has committed £12m to help achieve its vision for the town over the next three years.

The council revealed details of its new corporate strategy for 2012-2015 at the weekend.

Among the chief aims of the plans are upgrading and modernising the Melvin Sports Complex and the Riversdale and Derg Valley leisure centres.

There are also plans to fast-track the Strabane Bridges project in conjunction with the Departments for Social Development and Regional Development. The project aims to build two pedestrian and cycle bridges over the River Mourne to link the town centre to outlying areas.

The Riverine and Riverlinks projects are expected to be completed within this time, while physical and community regeneration has also been prioritised.

The Riverine Project is a joint initiative with neighbouring Lifford in Co Donegal with funding already secured to help revamp the region.

The project will build tree-lined boulevards, play areas and pedestrian routes.

The EU-funded Riverlinks project also aims to transform the wider Finn Valley areas of Strabane, Artigarvan and a large tract of Donegal.

Speaking after the launch of Strabane’s new strategy, council chairman Brian McMahon said it outlined “our vision, objectives and priorities”.

“Our vision is to be a progressive and forward-looking district and council of which everyone can be proud,” he said.

“This plan is not about everything Strabane District Council does or intends to do. It focuses on the big picture, the priority areas that will make a difference to the quality of life of our residents, businesses, community and visitors.”

The interim chief executive of Strabane District Council, Daniel McSorley, added: “This is an ambitious Corporate Plan that commits the council to a £12m capital development programme over the next three years.

“We also aim to reduce waste sent to landfill through developing a new recycling centre and waste transfer facility.”

The chairman added: “We are driven by the requirement to achieve results and to work with others to advance the economic, social and environmental progress of this beautiful district for all our citizens.”

Strabane District Council's vision centres on providing quality services, developing staff and councillors, becoming healthier, cleaner and greener, improving quality of life and instilling civic and community pride.

It is also aimed at improving physical infrastructure.

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