Beginning this month, Waterways Ireland is commencing a programme of maintenance works on the Lower Bann and Bellanaleck Quay.
Works to the Lower Bann, which connects Lough Neagh to the sea at Barmouth, will help maintain the navigability of the river channel whilst Bellanaleck Quay will be enhanced to improve access and increase year-round mooring capacity.
Downstream of the Cutts Lock in Coleraine dredging has already been completed, while at Movanagher a similar programme will take place over a number of weeks in November. Toome Canal mouth will be dredged in early 2021 and the Canal Walk resurfaced.
In addition, the lock at Carnroe will have the upstream lock-gates changed and weir repaired in preparation for a fish-pass in 2021 which has now been granted planning permission. Work will take place over a period of two years.
Waterways Ireland’s design team plans to widen the existing slipway and construct a new quay wall with fixed mooring. In addition a new 16 berth floating mooring will be connected to the quay.
“Waterways Ireland continues to invest in increasing access to Lough Erne for recreational and tourism activity,” said Joe McMahon, director of technical services. “Bellanaleck is a key lakeside location with a range of services which visitors enjoy and improved access will increase the duration and spend of visitors in the local area.”
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