|With local Greenway Campaigner Louis O'Keefe|
I warmly welcome the announcement of £24,000 funding for 3 greenways projects in the Ards and North Down Council area after previously securing a number of improvements along the North Down Coastal Path and lobbying for further enhancements.
Greenways are a valuable resource for people who want to be active and enjoy our beautiful countryside. Greenways give the opportunity to get away from traffic and walk, run or cycle in a traffic free environment.
I welcome the announcement from Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard that he will provide funding of £8000 for feasibility studies to explore improvements in each of the 3 greenways projects put forward by Ards and North Down Council. This is an important first step in rolling out a greenways network across Northern Ireland.
The 3 projects are; Comber to Newtownards greenway, Orlock Point to Donaghadee greenway and Orlock Point to Holywood Greenway, otherwise known as the North Down Coastal Path.
Enhancements previously secured following extensive lobbying and campaigning by myself are, for example, the new Boardwalk which replaced the steep steps at Seahill along the North Down Coastal Path and obtaining 24/7 access between the Kinnegar and Airport Road sectors linking Holywood and Belfast.