Councils in Northern Eire have been urged to use for funding to ship greenways and lively journey schemes.
The Division for Infrastructure will present councils with full funding in 2022-23 for smaller scale lively journey initiatives resembling cycle parking and signage, and half of the capital prices for greenway schemes.
Infrastructure minister John O’Dowd mentioned: ‘I’ve right now written to councils inviting them to submit proposals for help for greenway and lively journey schemes that shall be able to start this 12 months, with a view to my division offering as much as 50% funding in the direction of the capital prices of greenways and 100% for lively journey initiatives in 2022-23.
‘I’d encourage all councils to contemplate their greenway and lively journey priorities for this 12 months and apply for help. By working collectively we will present extra folks with entry to top quality greenways throughout the North, encouraging extra strolling, wheeling and biking and addressing the local weather emergency.”
Cllr Martin Kearney, president of the NILGA, mentioned: ‘It is a very welcome announcement which is able to assist ship protected, inexperienced, and clear infrastructure throughout Northern Eire’s 11 council areas. Native authorities is on the forefront of lively journey and delivering greenways in Northern Eire, which give folks with protected choices to stroll, run, or cycle of their native areas.
‘Selling and facilitating higher lively journey shall be essential in assembly our local weather change obligations and targets and councils are able to play their half in encouraging a more healthy journey tradition for the atmosphere.’
Final 12 months, councils had been allotted with £1.9m in the direction of greenway improvement.