Warm welcome for Riverside walkway play park plans

Councillor Mickey Cooper at the site of the proposed play park. (2210MM18)

Councillor Mickey Cooper at the site of the proposed play park. (2210MM18)

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Northland Sinn Féin councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed moves to create a new play park in the lower Strand Road area.

Colr. Cooper said he has received confirmation from Derry City Council that a planning application will be submitted for a new play area at the riverside walk close to Sainsbury’s.

The proposed play park would be located between the car park at Sainsbury’s car park and the river.

The colr. said people living in the lower Strand Road area have been raising concerns about the lack of play facilities in the area for a number of years.

He also said that, if approved, it would assist the regeneration of the wider Strand Road area.

“For several years the residents of the lower Strand Road and lower Culmore Road have complained to me about the lack of play provision in their areas. Following discussions with the City Engineers department of Derry City Council plans have been drawn up for the development of a play park on a piece of ground beside Sainsbury’s which has lain disused for a number of years,” colr. Cooper said.

The Northland colr. also said he hopes the application can be processed as quickly as possible in order to enhance leisure provision in the area.

“Council staff have now agreed to bring the proposals to the Environmental Services committee in the next few months.

“Once we receive confirmation from DSD that they own the land we can begin the process of securing funding for the development of the site.

“I look forward to seeing the area developed for the use of families and young people in the Strand Road and lower Culmore Road areas”