Kilcreggan expansion plans are outlined

Damian Cassidy and Alan Campbell from Killcreggan Urban Farm receiving a legacy cheque from outoing Deputy Mayor Lynn McClurg and Chief Executive Sheila McClelland.  INCT 13-054-GR
Damian Cassidy and Alan Campbell from Killcreggan Urban Farm receiving a legacy cheque from outoing Deputy Mayor Lynn McClurg and Chief Executive Sheila McClelland. INCT 13-054-GR
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An ambitious plan to expand a local community facility is to be realised thanks to a grant from the outgoing Carrickfergus Borough Council.

Kilcreggan Urban Farm is one of three projects to benefit from the legacy of the local authority, which came to an end this week.

The Elizabeth Avenue site includes the Kilcreggan Homes supported living scheme, with the urban farm developed in the late 1990s to provide tenants with opportunities for horticulture and other outdoor activities.

The organisation received £10,000 worth of funding from the council, which will be used for a major landscaping project at the farm site.

The landscaping scheme follows plans to construct a new coffee shop at the entrance to the venue, said Kilcreggan manager Damian Cassidy.

“We’re not quite sure on the details of the landscaping project yet, but it will start as soon as the coffee shop is completed,” Damian said.

Meanwhile a group from Carrick’s sister city of Anderson, South Carolina, are due to visit Kilcreggan in the autumn.

“They are basically looking at providing something similar to Kilcreggan in Anderson,” Damian added.