Thumbs up for Strathfoyle MUGA

SDLP Councillor Gus Hastings.
SDLP Councillor Gus Hastings.

Planning approval for a Multi-use Games Area (MUGA)in Strathfoyle will be “welcomed with open arms”, SDLP Councillor for the area Gus Hastings has said.

Colr. Hastings was speaking after the approval was confirmed at this week’s meeting of Derry City Council’s Planning Committee.

The local authority drew up the plans for the games area and associated landscaping and fencing as part of a wider three-phase regeneration project for Strathfoyle.

No time-frames or funding have yet been finalised for the project, which is to be developed on the Western Education and Library Board youth club site.

Mr Hastings said the developments in Strathfoyle were “long overdue”.

“Other areas may think they are neglected but we definitely in Strathfoyle have always been neglected when it comes to council investment. Now efforts are being made to put that right, and with the goodwill of all the councillors this can become a reality.”

A spokesperson for Derry City Council said that the plans to develop a new MUGA on WELB lands at Strathfoyle were approved in principle at this week’s Planning Committee, pending ratification at full council later this month.

“The development plans include the development of a Multi-Use Games Area , designs for which were put on display for public and residents to view back in 2013,” she said. Currently, no funding has been secured to date to develop this facility.

“A key element of the initiative is the partnership approach between Council and local community sectors in Strathfoyle in delivering the project in close consultation with the local community and residents.”

Other developments approved in Strathfoyle are the construction of 11 new social homes by Trinity Housing Association, while in a separate application an extension and alterations to the existing Strathfoyle Village Centre to include three new units and more car parking has also been approved.