Local landmarks to get facelift ahead of G8

THE DOE dereliction scheme which will deliver £380,000 worth of funding to help spruce up 140 sites across Fermanagh will see some well known local landmarks get some much needed improvements.

In Enniskillen, The Ritz Cinema, Forthill Street, will get  a substantial makeover which includes the removal, the painting of the doors and cleaning of the brickwork.

Other well known sites in the town including Desmond’s factory on Mill Street, Phoenix Pictures on the Coa Road and the former Tyre Depot situated on Henry Street, will all receive some form of improvement.


In the Erne East area, the Quigley garage in Roslea will be the recipient of hoarding around the site, while the BT site at Main Street , Lisnaskea will have a mesh protector around it to withstand the effects of the elements.

In Erne West the old PSNI Barracks in Belcoo will be thoroughly powerwashed and painted and, elsewhere in Erne West, Elliott’s Bakery situated on Main Street, Derrygonnelly, will be painted, with improvements made to the shop frontage and a bakery scene provided for the window.

The 40 sites in Erne North will also reap the benefits of the dereliction scheme as the landscape around the front of the site of the old Devenish College in Kesh will be tidied up, while the filling station at Roscor, Belleek will be substantially powerwashed, vegetation removed and a plastic board will be erected with a printed design to be confirmed by Fermanagh District Council.

In all, 30 properties will be spruced up in Erne East and Erne West, with 40 properties in each of the other two electoral areas of the county.

Jonathan Glendinning of Fermanagh District Council explained that a ‘lot of work has been going on behind the scenes’ in the last few months, but hopes that the work will be completed before the March 1 deadline.

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