Lisburn City Council has a dedicated Countryside Officer, based at Lagan Valley Island, committed to the provision and encouragement of sustainable access to the countryside for residents of and visitors to the City.
Responsibilities of the Countryside Section, include advising the Council regarding its powers and responsibilities under relevant legislation and the development of initiatives to promote public enjoyment of the countryside.
The Countryside Section is also responsible for seeking and securing grant-aid for projects and for the supervision of project development.
The Countryside Section also works in partnership with many other agencies across the City. It enjoys a close working partnership with Voluntary Services Lisburn (VSL), which provides over 10000 man-hours a year on various countryside initiatives. The promotion of Countryside activities and events and Council representation on a wide variety of relevant organisations fall within the remit of the Countryside section.
Among its recent initiatives was the opening of the new Union Locks Foot and Cycle Bridge in Autumn 2002, which connects the Union Locks to the Lagan Valley Regional towpath.
This £80,000 project was part-funded by Lisburn City Council, Sustrans and The Environment and Heritage Service. The new bridge extends the National Cycling Network along the towpath.
If you would like any further information on the Countryside Development activities of the Council, please contact: