£1m to put townland names on road signs

THE COUNCIL are to spend close to £1 million in an effort to preserve townland names on local road signs, just a few years after it brought in controversial changes critics warned would see the old townland names become obsolete.
New signs have been popping up across the county in recent months featuring local townland names, as part of the Council’s plan to bring Fermanagh into line signage in the former Omagh Council district. 
The Council says the plan is also to preserve local heritage. However, at the time the new postal system was adopted in 2013 incorporating new road name and number addresses together with townlands and village names there were fears that townlands would be dropped by users. 
In a report to the Council’s environmental services committee last week, it was stated phase one of the project, which focused on A and B class roads, is almost complete and is expected to be finished by the end of the year. Phase two, which will take in C and U class roads, will begin in January and is expected to be finished by next November. 
In total the entire project, which began in 2017 and will run until 2020, is expected to cost £920,000. 
The Council says it will be using state-of-the-art technology in implementation of the signage project. Using a geographic information system (GIS) the Council have been able to map out the location of each of the signs across the county, without having to physically drive down every road.

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