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Lock Keeper’s Cottage opens

By Victoria McMahon

Published 27/05/2009

Castlereagh Mayor Ann Marie Beattie (centre) and (l-r) Rita Harkin, Paul Carr, Harold McBride and Colin McCabrey
Castlereagh Mayor Ann Marie Beattie (centre) and (l-r) Rita Harkin, Paul Carr, Harold McBride and Colin McCabrey

The restoration of one of south Belfast’s best kept treasures was revealed in all its glory at the official opening of the Lock Keeper’s Cottage last week.

Local councillors praised the work that has gone into the building’s make-over.

Taking part in the official opening the Mayor of Castlereagh, Councillor Ann Marie Beattie, said: “On behalf of everyone who is enjoying the Lock Keeper’s Cottage project I wish to thank Laganscape, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the EU Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Department of Environment who, along with Lagan Valley Regeneration Park (LVRP) and Castlereagh Borough Council, have demonstrated how partnerships working for a common cause can create local prosperity and employment while conserving Northern Ireland’s built heritage.”

Rita Harkin, of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which provided part of the funds for the make-over, said: “HLF’s Landscape Partnership Scheme enables people to tackle the heritage needs of the local landscapes in a co-ordinated and effective way by promoting a ‘joined-up’ approach between organisations and communities. LVRP received the first Landscape Partnership award in Northern Ireland and in its first year has already achieved so much, including this wonderful restoration.”

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