Comber Regeneration Community Partnership have ‘trained’ the Glen Link!
CRCP successfully received funding from the LIVE HERE LOVE HERE Programme run by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful for two projects linking with the old Co Down railway at Glen Link, the site of the former Comber Railway Station. A silhouette of a 442 Atlantic Tank locomotive which ran on the Co Down line in the early 30s, has been erected alongside a planter created from old railway sleepers at the approach into Comber from Belfast, to create an attractive focal point and a link with Comber’s heritage for both residents and visitors. Funding for a second project has been used to expose the neglected old Comber Railway stone wall, which was hidden by overhanging branches, ivy, brambles and weeds. Future plans are underway with the Historical Society to create a pictorial history by displaying visitor information of the former Co Down railway and Comber railway station at Glen Link.
Volunteers from a number of community groups have been involved with the two projects, including Comber Horticultural Society, Comber Historical Society, Fire Service, along with other individual volunteers from the town.
Earlier this year, under the ‘Adopt a Spot’ scheme run by Live Here Love Here, CRCP have been accepted to adopt the Glen Link and look after it. With this scheme, Live Here Love Here requests that four clean ups a year are held and they provide groups with an adoption pack containing all the equipment needed.
Comber Regeneration Community Partnership comments ‘’The improvement to Glen Link is one step in CRCP’s overall objective of engendering civic pride among residents of the town, and motivating local people to volunteer to be involved practically to improve the appearance of our town.’’