Destined secure 50 year lease on railway museum

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR DESTINED. . . .Mr. Dermot O'Hara, Director, Destined pictured with some of the members at the Foyle Valley Railway Museum, Foyle Road at the weekend. DER4915MC020

ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR DESTINED. . . .Mr. Dermot O'Hara, Director, Destined pictured with some of the members at the Foyle Valley Railway Museum, Foyle Road at the weekend. DER4915MC020

A Derry charity set-up to help adults with learning disabilities will officially take over the lease of the old Foyle Valley Railway Museum at the start of next month.

Earlier this year, Destined, which was formed in August 2002, was awarded approximately £1m from The Big Lottery’s Space & Place programme which is delivered by a consortium headed up by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Destined will now use the money to develop the old Foyle Valley Railway Museum into a North West Centre for children and adults with learning disabilities.

“We have been successful in our bid to secure a £1m package from the Space and Place Flagship Fund and we have agreed the terms of a 50 years lease on the Railway Museum with Derry City and Strabane District Council commencing on July 1st,” said Destined Manager, Dermot O’Hara.

Mr. O’Hara said it is hoped that the re-development of the Railway Museum will be completed by March, 2018.

“We intend to move into the existing building and are hopeful that we will have a design team appointed by September for the new build.

“We have set March, 2018 as the construction completion date.

“I wish to thank everyone for their support and help getting us to this stage of the development of this culture changing project,” concluded Mr. O’Hara.