Council committed to Clooney greenway

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Derry City and Strabane District Council says it’s fully committed to the development of a new Clooney greenway as a safe route to school for pupils attending the new Ebrington/Foyle College co-location site but its completion pends the successful outcome of live planning and funding applications and legal lands negotiations.

Last week parents, community representatives and the Principal of Ebrington Primary School called for the local authority to expedite the new greenway from Clooney to Caw so pupils could walk to school safely when they finally move from Bond’s Street on March 20.

A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “Council remains committed to the Clooney Greenway project and has been working very proactively to bring this project to a successful conclusion.”

The spokesperson explained that Council established the Clooney Greenway Steering Group, comprising of key stakeholders, who meet on a regular basis in order to develop and progress the project.

“Council has also undertaken comprehensive project community engagement. To date, Council has taken the lead in completing designs and details, submitted a planning application and have lodged a funding application to the Department for Communities, the outcome of which is pending,” the spokesperson added.

They said that the Council is fully committed to the continued development and subsequent delivery of this greenway as it would provide enhanced walking/cycling opportunities for residents and provide a safe means of access for school children attending the new Foyle College and Ebrington Primary School, however the proposal is pending the successful outcome of the planning application, the funding application and legal lands negotiations.