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Captain Street Water Fountain to be made Listed Monument

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Members of Council’s Planning Committee voted yesterday to give Listed Monument status to a Victorian Era Water Fountain in the Captain Street area of Coleraine

The planner’s report described the fountain as “…a rare surviving example of its type within the context of Northern Ireland….of historical interest as it predates mains water installation; it is thought that a bore hole drew spring water from 80ft below. Significant also from a social perspective as a supply of fresh water to local residents, many of whom would not have this facility within their own homes; as such it became an informal gathering point.”

Speaking about the listing, Councillor Aaron Callan said : “I would just say that it is vital we protect our heritage which includes our listed buildings but also items like the fountain.”

“I am happy to see the Department take a proactive approach to listing and I have advocated that we have a workshop at some point in the future to look at our listed buildings in the Council area to make sure we are doing everything to protect our heritage.”

“Once these pieces disappear they don’t come back and we lose a piece of our past so its vital we protect through listing”

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