Planning approved for parkland facilities

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Derry & Strabane Council’s Planning Committee have unanimously backed plans for a new parkland for residents in the Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank area.

The Marianus Glen development by the local council will involve various new features including tarmac pathways and tree planting “to improve the recreational value of the green space”.

It also entails a community allotment facility with two polytunnels, with a new hub building with kitchen and toilets, enclosed by 2.4m high mesh fence, and three low level footbridges.

Derry City and Strabane District Council had applied for permission for the development, and planners have approved it after addressing a few concerns from residents.

A Planning Officer told the committee there had been one letter of objection but that the concerns in relation to planning had largely been addressed.

Proposing to endorse the planning approval, SDLP Councillor John Boyle said the site was a “prime community space” and readily accessible.

“I think this opens up a wealth of opportunities for young people to use it appropriately and use it well.

“We are in effect creating a new park, albeit a small one.”

Addressing some concerns raised in the objection around anti-social behaviour, Colr. Boyle said that on the contrary such development had the potential to help eradicate this type of nuisance.

Seconding the endorsement, Sinn Fein Councillor Christopher Jackson said the development had the potential to improve facilities for local residents.