Brandywell redevelopment: Football and greyhound fraternities to hold ‘round table meeting’

An artist's impression of the new Brandywell Stadium with the newlook Brandywell Showgrounds  in the background, the new greyhound track surrounding the Showgrounds pitch.
An artist's impression of the new Brandywell Stadium with the newlook Brandywell Showgrounds in the background, the new greyhound track surrounding the Showgrounds pitch.
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Derry and Strabane Council have agreed to back a round table meeting of all stakeholders and a second special council meeting to progress the Brandywell redevelopment.

Members of the local greyhound fraternity were in the public gallery at the full monthly meeting of the council at the Guildhall on Thursday.

Independent Councillor Paul Gallagher, referring to an agreement at an earlier Health and Community Committee meeting earlier this month, said that it was vital all stakeholders were present for round table talks, including the football and greyhound fraternities and elected representatives.

“That’s what’s already been agreed and that’s what should be happening,” he said.

SDLP Councillor Gerard Diver called for special meeting of the council to look at all these matters.

Colr Diver said the people of the city and district wanted to see the council engaging with all stakeholders while also progressing with the redevelopment.

“People would not forgive us if we were not able to advance this project and do so in way where we deal with outstanding issues” Cllr. Diver said.

Sinn Fein Cllr. Paul Fleming said both proposals were welcome and said there has been a number of engagements recently.

Independent Councillor Warren Robinson said: “I’m a season ticket holder with Derry City and my family is steeped in greyhound tradition. Given that I think nobody should be left behind.”

The stakeholders were confirmed as the Greyhound Company, Greyhound fraternity, Derry City Fc and Derry City supporters as well as elected members.

A round table meeting is expected to be arranged with stakeholders to take place within the next week if possible.