Castlereagh Borough Council successfully applied to Lagan Rural Partnership's village renewal scheme to enhance the local surroundings of the Moneyreagh Village.
Moneyreagh is located to the south east of the Greater Belfast Area within Castlereagh BC and is the only village settlement in the Castlereagh. The Village has grown in terms of the number of households in recent years and can be characterised as a commuter Village. This has created a population with a limited sense of community identity
As part of the Village Renewal Scheme, Castlereagh Borough received funding from Lagan Rural Partnership for the following.
Provision of a higher quality, recognisable "heart‟ to the Village for residents and visitors thereby promoting community identity and cohesion
Castlereagh Borough Council received funding to enhance rural tourism by developing the site at the Lock Keepers, through the purchase of a Barge and extending the visitors centre.
The Lock Keeper's Cottage is located on the tow path and is accessible via Lock Keeper's Lane. The success of the Lock Keepers Cottage led Castlereagh Borough Council to apply to Lagan Rural Partnership to develop options to increase the capacity of service provision.
The project had a number of benefits including enhancing educational provision, the quality of life and sense of pride in the area through the regeneration of rural heritage
This project was delivered by Castlereagh Borough Council in order to provide a Sustainable Tourism Toolkit programme across Castlereagh Council
Castlereagh Borough Council received funding from Axis 3 to improve facilities for visitors at the Lockkeepers by continuing to improve the current facilities.
Improvement works included:
To construct a fully fenced purpose built tourist information site in the grounds of the Old US Army's WWII graveyard at Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery and to create a link to the National Trust local country trails.
On 2 December 1943 a ten and a half acre plot of land at Rocky Road was officially opened at Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery. A total of 148 American servicemen were buried at Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery. The site was looked after by US Army personnel until 1948. The site had fallen into a state if disrepair and all that remains to indicate that it was once there is a red brick gateway.
Castlereagh Borough Council recognised the opportunities to sensitively restore and develop the site. The proposed project aims to recognise the US Army's local involvement in WWII.
Castlereagh Borough Council constructed a new tourist memorial site for US Army personnel who died in Northern Ireland during WWII.
As a result of funding it is envisaged that this project will bring a site of significant heritage interest back into use thus increasing tourism within the local area.
After identifying the need for a new, safe play area, Castlereagh constructed a fully fenced purpose built play ground in the grounds of Moneyreagh Community Centre
The village of Moneyreagh rests just off the main road between Belfast and Ballygowan. The village has seen considerable residential development which has put pressure on local services and infrastructure. After consultation workshops it was recognised that the existing play park is insufficient to meet demand. As the service provider, Castlereagh Borough Council has engaged with the local community to identify needs and develop a tailor made solution to the issues noted.