Residents of Coshowen have welcomed two new environment schemes to improve the appearance of the estate along one of Derry’ s busiest roads.
The enhancement schemes will include landscaping and the replanting of flower beds in the estate.
Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue visited the area to meet the residents to discuss the improvement plans.
Speaking after the visit, Colr. Logue said: “Since 2012 I have been lobbying for a major revamp at one of the major gateway entrances into Derry along Foyle Road,” she said. “One aspect of that was for the introduction of new flower beds and trees to enhance the area not only for residents but for the thousands of people who travel through and walk here on a daily basis,” she added.
Colr. Logue said the other side of Coshowen, facing the river, will now be included in the latest stage of the enhancement work.
“The latest phase of the scheme will be taking place in the Coshowen development which sits at the end of the Foyle Road green area overlooking the river.
“The residents are very passionate about improving the environment of their neighbourhood. I organised a meeting with the Housing Executive and residents to go over plans for the area,” she said.
The Sinn Féin councillor said the improvement work complements moves to regenerate the wider Foyle Road and Brandywell areas.
“It’s exciting times for the general Foyle Road area over the next few years with Minister Carál Ní Chuilín investing £2 million in the Daisyfield/Showgrounds elements of the Foyle Valley Gateway Masterplan in Derry, as part of the regeneration of the Brandywell and surrounding area,” she said.
Coshowen residents were angered last year when trees at the entrance to the estate were cut down by contractors employed by the Housing Executive as part of previous landscaping work.