Castle Basin Promenade officially opened

Published: 13th October 2015

8 October 2015

Council Chairman and Minister for Social Development officially open Castle Basin Promenade

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reillyand Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey MLA, officially opened the £1.7 million Castle Basin Promenade in Enniskillen, yesterday.

With funding from the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department for Social Development of over £1.3 million and £300,000 from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the ambitious Castle Basin regeneration project has transformed access to Lough Erne along part of the shoreline from Enniskillen Castle to the Erneside footbridge.

The new 1.3 km Castle Basin Promenade offers a fully accessible walk and cycle path so that the area can now be fully enjoyed by local residents and visitors to Enniskillen.

A new paved event space, close to Broadmeadow and the installation of improved lighting and seating along the Promenade has created a pleasant amenity for socialising and recreation.

Access to Lough Erne along the Promenade has been enhanced with a new jetty and canoe steps installed adjacent to Fermanagh Lakeland Forum.  Pedestrian access to Derrychara has also been upgraded with new steps, railings and landscaping at Derrycharafootbridge to fully complement the new Promenade.

Speaking at the official opening of the Castle Basin Promenade, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, described the Castle Basin project as a ‘flagship regeneration initiative’ within the Fermanagh and Omagh district.

“The Castle Basin Promenade is tangible evidence of the Council’s commitment to working in partnership with key statutory bodies and other funders to deliver high quality projects which greatly improve the quality of life of the people in the district,” said Councillor O’Reilly.

The project, which forms part of the National Cycle Network and includes an improved and extended walkway, a new jetty and canoe steps, supports Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s drive to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for the residents of the district while augmenting Enniskillen’s existing visitor attractions.

I would particularly like to thank the Department for Social Development for the considerable financial support and assistance provided to the Castle Basin Promenade project,” added Councillor O’Reilly.

Councillor O’Reilly also thankedWaterways Ireland; Transport NI; the NIEA; project architects, W & M Given; contractor, Lagan Construction; and Council staff for their assistance throughout the Castle Basin Promenade project.

Welcoming these improvements, Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey said:  “The provision of an extensive riverside walkway and events area is a fantastic addition to the offering within Enniskillen for locals and visitors alike.  The design and specification have been finished to a very high standard befitting the characteristics of the Castle and shoreline and augments Enniskillen’s unique identity as an island town.

“This is an excellent example of utilising the assets within a town.  It has created a safe user friendly environment.  The completion of this scheme has given a new impetus to Enniskillen town centre to the benefit of everyone who works, shops or visits here. Such schemes help build confidence among local retailers and re-energise the future prospects of the town centre.”

The Castle Basin regeneration project was identified in the Enniskillen Town Centre Masterplan which was prepared by URS for the former Fermanagh District Council and the Department for Social Development.

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For further information contact Tracy Hunter, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council: T: 0300 303 1777 E: tracy.hunter@fermanaghomagh.com

Notes to Editors The official opening of the Castle Basin Promenade project represents another flagship regeneration initiative within the Fermanagh and Omagh district following on from the development of the £4.3 million OASIS project in Omagh which was officially opened in June 2015.  The£3 million Heritage Gateway project, to refurbish Enniskillen Castle,is currently ongoing. The Heritage Gateway project is expected to be ready by Spring 2016.

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