Brandywell refurb will proceed ‘as planned’ - McCartney

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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The redevelopment of the Brandywell Stadium will proceed within the agreed time frame, according to Sinn Fein MLA for Foyle, Raymond McCartney.

Mr. McCartney told the ‘Journal’ that he was confident that “a proposal in relation to the greyhound track can be put in place”.

“At the meeting of the Councils Health and Communities Committee on October 15, officials were asked to look at options that would ensure that the Brandywell project would move on to the construction phase and thus ensure the maximum use of the facilities for all users.

“Since then I have met with council officials and we now believe that a proposal in relation to the greyhound track can be put in place which will ensure that rent for the use of track can set at an affordable rate,” said Mr. McCartney.

Mr. McCartney went on to reaffirm his party’s commitment to the Foyle Valley Gateway project and to the One Plan.

“This proposal will also entail measures that will mitigate against the high rent that state aid rules can impose on Derry City and Strabane Council.

The iconic Glentoran Stand before it was demolished earlier this month. Photo: Margaret McLaughlin

The iconic Glentoran Stand before it was demolished earlier this month. Photo: Margaret McLaughlin

“This should allow all the major users of the Brandywell stadium to agree for the construction to proceed as planned.

“Sinn Féin’s has consistently stated that the Foyle Valley Gateway is a key strategic priority in the One Plan, that it would pose challenges for all involved but with everyone working collectively that it will be delivered.

“It is important that the stadium refurbishment moves forward as planned and I am now confident that this will be the case,” he said.

It is important that the stadium refurbishment moves forward as planned and I am now confident that this will be the case

Raymond McCartney - Sinn Fein MLA, Foyle
The final phase of the demolition of the Glentoran Stand.

The final phase of the demolition of the Glentoran Stand.