New pavements for ‘top of the town’ area

Kenlis Street �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1536-271EB
Kenlis Street �Edward Byrne Photography INBL1536-271EB

A proposal for planned environmental improvements on Old Kenlis Street has been recommended for approval.

Environmental improvements will include a new set of steps, wall, railings, planters with tree planting, seating, repairing, street lighting and panelling at feature entrance.

The works are set to be approved before the expiration of the permission which was granted, that had a time limit of five years.

The site consists of a portion of Banbridge town centre which incorporates footpaths along Old Kenlis Street, an area around the adjacent public toilets and to the front of the Iceland store and the pedestrian walkway which leads from Iceland back to Newry Street.

The pavements along this part of the town are asphalted with concrete kerbing other than a small portion in front of the public toilets which comprises of concrete flags.

The proposal is an Environmental Improvement Scheme to replace the existing asphalted/concrete flagged footpaths and kerbing with granite paving setts, slabs and kerbs along Old Kenlis Street and infront of the public toilets and Iceland.

The asphalted pedestrian lane along the side of Iceland will be replaced with pre-cast block paving.

The existing three parking spaces in front of the public toilets will be reduced to one with the two disabled spaces remaining in front of Iceland.

The scheme will also include the demolition of a brick wall adjacent to the public toilets and replaced with a set of granite steps and railings and include a number seats and planters with semi-mature trees and bollards.

It will also include new street lighting, cycle stands, and an entrance arch feature to the pedestrian lane where it meets Newry Street with old photo panels attached to palisade fencing along part of the lane.

Transport NI have been consulted and have raised no objections with the proposal.

The plans come shortly after work to turn the car park on Old Kenlis Street into a Translink bus station began at the end of July.

Work on the bus station is expected to be largely completed by the beginning of next year at which stage the current Newry Street facilities, which will remain open during the construction, will be closed and all services will operate from the new station.

The bus facility is to include a ticket and information office, bus stands and associated landscaping.