The Next Steps For Killough Village Plan

An information session will be held on Saturday 21 February at Killough Youth and Community Hall to bring residents up-to-date with the completed document and to plan how to make projects happen which were identified during last year’s consultation period.

The full plan is available to download at:

Killough Village PlanKillough Community Association are organising the event in partnership with the Lecale Conservation, a local environmental group, and the Palatine Trust, a local built heritage preservation trust which was responsible for securing substantial investment to restore derelict buildings in Killough and a popular coastal footpath, ‘The Ropewalk’.

Killough Community Association Chairman Liam Sharvin said he hoped that people will attend not only to inform themselves about developments in their community but also to express an interest to become involved in one of the over 30 projects identified in the plan.

He said: “We have successfully run Halloween and Christmas social events and are now starting to focus on summer activities such as a summer festival in July. An Over 50’s Friendship Club has also been started up and runs every Friday morning in the Youth and Community Hall.

“More projects and activities for which a need was identified in the plan could be pursued but more volunteers and committee members are needed to give their time and energy to make these activities and projects happen. The provision of a better play park equipment is an example for the local community needing to work on funding applications to help make this happen especially in times of restricted public funding.

“This exciting plan covers a larger geographic area than just the village of Killough, stretching from St John’s Point to Rossglass and includes farming land towards Downpatrick which has played a crucial role in the development of Killough’s port and trading history,” added Mr Sharvin.

Doris Noe, Chairperson of Lecale Conservation added: “The Lecale area has a very rich fabric of built and natural heritage which gives it a unique sense of place. There are many buildings and sites surrounding Killough which have been classified as positive assets in the plan. There is potential to secure funding to enhance these assets, not least given new tourism initiatives, for example, the Lighthouse Trail. Killough is well placed to benefit economically from such developments.”

The information session on Saturday 21 February begins at 10am, followed by a dedicated action planning workshop which will end at 1pm.

The organisers appreciate that some residents may only wish to attend the information session but strongly encourage those interested in making the next steps happen to participate for the whole morning.

For more information, contact:

The Secretary, Killough Community Association, 44843141.