Council to spend £155,000 on play facilities

Seat of Derry City and Strabane Distruct Council, the Guildhall.

Seat of Derry City and Strabane Distruct Council, the Guildhall.

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Derry and Strabane Council has agreed to spend an extra £155,000 towards developing play facilities in the the city.

The move was agreed at the December meeting of the Council’s Governance and Strategic Planning Committee sitting at the Guildhall on Tuesday.

A report brought before the committee detailed how the funding was needed specifically for the development of play provision in the Brandywell area.

This is part of a wider Invest in Play Project which has secured £2.79m from the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers to take forward for projects in Ballymagroarty, Ballyarnett, Kilfennan and Daisyfield in the Brandywell.

Council officers are currently progressing the four projects through the detailed design phase, and while a review has found the other three projects are largely in keeping with allocated funding, the site at the Brandywell has been chosen as the current amenity site instead of the Daisyfield.

The shift in location has resulted in the extra costs.

Sinn Fein Councillor Michael Cooper said it was to be welcomed that the council was in a position to provide leverage around these four and other play developments discussed at the meeting.

Independent Councillor Gary Donnelly praised Council’s Parks Development Manager Colin Kennedy for his engagement with residents in the Brandywell.

He also praised residents who had campaigned for the location of the park to be shifted because of safety concerns including children having to cross a main road to reach the Daisyfield.