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Environment Improvements Planned For Beedham’s Walk In Ballynahinch
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A range of environmental improvements are planned for Beedham’s Walk in Ballynahinch.

Environmental improvements are planned for Beedham's Lane in Ballynahinch. Pictured are  Cllr Garth Craig, Andrew Steenson, Chairman of the Langley Road Community Association, William Johnston, Vice Chair, and Mark Bryson of Ecoseeds.

Environmental improvements are planned for Beedham’s Lane in Ballynahinch. Pictured are Cllr Garth Craig, Andrew Steenson, Chairman of the Langley Road Community Association, William Johnston, Vice Chair, and Mark Bryson of Ecoseeds.

Mark Bryson of Ecoseeds has discussed native wildflower planting and landscaping works with the Langley Road Community Association representatives. Other works proposed for the Beedham’s Walk include resurfacing, provision of bird tables and seatingand these are to be provided under an application for funding from the Ulster Wildlife Trust through the Landfill Communities Fund. 

Councillor Garth Craig said: “Beedhams Walk is a vital link which connects Langley Road with the A24 Ballynahinch to Belfast trunk road.  It is used daily by around thirty school children who attend Ballynahinch High School and also provides access to bus stops for those who regularly use public transport on the Belfast Road.  

“In recent years the lane way has fallen into a poor state of disrepair with large potholes, uneven surface, overgrown hedges and litter dumping. This makes it a very unpleasant experience for those who use it on a daily basis. 

Beedham's Walk in Ballynahinch - in need of an upgrade.

Beedham’s Walk in Ballynahinch – in need of an upgrade.

Councillor Garth Craig added: “I am  confident of obtaining necessary funding for the resurfacing and environmental improvements works fo rthis area.  The main element of funding will come from the Landfill Communities Fund with the remainder from other agencies.  

“Realistically the funding is not available in this financial year but design of improvement works are continuing. I am grateful for the help given by the County Down Rural Community Network with the application process and am confident that the Langley Road Community Association will see a successful conclusion to the project.

“The end result will be a very attractive environment which will provide opportunities for local community involvement not only in planning but in the after-care service.  Local residents are keen to see the works come to fruition and it will also restore a sense of civic pride in this public amenity. I am also hopeful that local schools can get involved in the project and the educational value of this biodiversity project will benefit the young. 

“There is a lot of support for the improvement works and local residents are keen to see the project progress as quickly as possible,” added Cllr Craig.