Comber Greenway A Potential Jewel In The Crown

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ROBIN Newton East Belfast DUP MLA during an Assembly adjournment debate said the Comber Greenway is ready for investment and has the potential to be a fantastic facility and a potential jewel in the crown for local people. I was pleased that Department for Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy attended the debate and I will follow-up the debate by contacting other Assembly Ministers.

Robin Newton said,

“This is a local facility with regional potential and has had modest investment. It is already a popular resource and is used extensively by dog walkers, cyclists and joggers.

However, the Comber Greenway has much, much more to offer. It needs investment to maximise the benefits, to upgrade it to flagship standard, to create employment, bring business opportunities, offer school education opportunities, and deliver health benefits plus a feature for everyone to use and enjoy.

With investment, from a number of funding sources, the Comber Greenway, especially at the Holywood Arches starting point, would give improved opportunities for local shops and small businesses. As the route winds its way to Comber the potential for opening businesses along its 7 miles is obvious.

As a scheme the Comber Greenway’s time has come; the project is set for development.  As a sister to the nearby Connswater Community Greenway, already offering improved recreational opportunities; it would bring huge benefits to the entire community.

I am convinced those who live along the route and the local communities would welcome development of this former railway line to include lighting, seating, litter bins plus the development of now abandoned historical features such as the former Neil’s Hill Halt.”