Armagh Council’s Executive Committee have been asked to consider a regeneration project for Darkley Village.
Sinn Féin councillor Mary Doyle made the request saying the people of Darkley were entitled to the same level of services as residents of other villages in the area.
“I have spoken with Darkley residents and many of them are disappointed that no regeneration has taken place in the village,” she said. “Some actually referred to it as the ‘forgotten village’. They rightly feel that they should have access to the same services as those in other villages.
“Over recent months I have been working on prioritising the Darkley Forest Walkway and linking this with the Carrikatuke Viewpoint development. When this project is complete it will be a real asset to Darkley and will no doubt enhance the lives of locals and encourage more visitors to the area.
“In the meantime however I think that Armagh Council can begin a programme of regeneration including painting and planting flower beds to enhace the look of the village.
“I know that these are small improvements but they can make a big difference to how a village looks and to the morale of local people. I have asked Armagh Council officials to begin working with local community groups and residents in Darkley to ensure the local community retains ownership of this project.
“I will keep people updated of any further developments in relation to the regeneration of Darkley.”