Concern grows over lack of play facilities in Strathfoyle

A community group says frustration is growing in Strathfoyle over the lack of children’s play facilities in the area.

The Enagh Youth Forum (EYF) say they have been inundated with complaints from local residents who have long asked for facilities to be installed in Strathfoyle.

In a statement EYF say: “We feel at this stage it is worth pointing out that in the Community Audit 1997, the local community indicated strongly the need for a play park in Strathfoyle.

“Again in the 2007 NIHE Neighbourhood Renewal Audit a high percentage of the local community felt frustrated that our community had no play strategy for facilities, despite the right to play facilities been listed as part of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child.

“Again in 2009, this frustration and real need for a play park in our community was documented in our ‘Back to Square One’ video production which interviewed local parents on the need for a play park facility locally.

“Again in the Department of Social Development ‘Areas at Risk Community Audit 2010’ 79% of respondents felt that the lack of play facilities in Strathfoyle was a serious problem.

“Now in 2012, these concerns continue to grow and many residents are becoming very frustrated with the lack of communication regarding this issue.”

EYF say they are encouraging local residents to contact Derry City Council directly and lobby for a play park.

Meanwhile EYF have also organised a clean up of Strathfoyle as part of the Tidy Northern Ireland Big Spring Clean.

It will get underway at 11am this Saturday. EYF say this is an opportunity for “people to take pride in where they live and act as an example to anyone who litters, flyposts or spoils the environment in any other way.”

A further clean up is to be organised in the Maydown area in partnership with Maydown Community Association in the coming weeks.

For further info contact Enagh Youth Forum on 02871 860377 or enagh.youthforum@yahoo.ie