New council magazine reviews the past year

Lord Mayor Councillor Garath Keating takes time out of his busy schedule to read the councils new residents magazine Borough Link.

Lord Mayor Councillor Garath Keating takes time out of his busy schedule to read the councils new residents magazine Borough Link.

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Householders in Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council can look forward to receiving their copy of Borough Link, a new magazine produced by the local council, which will be delivered to every households in the coming week.

In the first edition, residents can read about key areas of work that the new local authority has focused on during its first year - service alignment, performance improvement, reputation building and place shaping.

The main feature presents an overview of the most significant highlights in 2015/16.

As well as listing the many achievements and awards that the new council area has amassed to date, it outlines how local communities are benefiting from major investment following the completion of capital projects such as Portadown People’s Park (£5.47m), Tommy Makem Arts and Community Centre in Keady (£2.5m), Old Town Quay in Portadown (£413,000), Craigavon Community Greenway Project (£1.3m) as well as new and upgraded play areas (£859,000).

Lord Mayor Councillor Garath Keating said: “There’s lots going in the new larger council area and Borough Link is a great communication tool for keeping our 200,000 residents informed about the projects we are supporting and the work we are undertaking on their behalf.

“With a wide range of topics covered in this issue, I am confident that there will be something of interest that will appeal to all readers.

“I hope residents agree that the new council has had a very productive first year, having accomplished a lot in its short existence and developed a strong sense of purpose in all its activities.”

The summer issue has ideas on great places to visit and exciting things to do.

“There’s a two for one voucher for Navan Centre and Fort and £1 swimming sessions for under 18s throughout July and August.

Plus, there are great prizes up for a grabs. Six lucky readers can win a meal for two up to the value of £50 in one of the borough’s top eateries.

The Food Heartland Forum, which is using the NI Year for Food and Drink as a platform to champion the borough’s thriving agri-food sector, is also giving away a hamper full of local produce. The closing date for both competitions is 31 July 2016.

Get an update on environmental improvements that will enhance the physical environment in Lurgan, Keady, Richhill and Portadown and funding that will restore and enhance Armagh City’s built heritage.

View Borough Link at www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk