Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the news that the final transfer of lands at Ardnarea/Lisnarea will now allow Derry City Council (DCC) to carry out discreet landscaping and improvements and allow the lands to continue to be held for public use.
This development came about as a result of a long series of correspondence between Colr. Cooper the landowner and DCC.
In an interview with The Derry Journal yesterday Colr. Cooper, who was recently returned as a councillor for the Foyleside District Electoral Area, said after eventually making contact with the individual owner of the land he was able to help oversee the handing over the green space to DCC and said people living in the area can continue to use the location for recreational purposes.
“A number of local residents had approached me complaining that the green area, which is used by local residents, especially young people had become overgrown.
“I was able to establish that the green had been cut by DCC on behalf of Roads Service for several years based on the mistaken belief that Roads Service owned the land.
“Following a protracted search I was able to make contact with the actual owner who agreed to transfer the land to DCC.”
Colr. Cooper went on to say that he was delighted to learn that an agreement over the land had been reached and said the developments that will be made by DCC over the coming years will permit the people living in the area to benefit as a result.
“I very much welcome the news now that there has been agreement on the transfer of lands Ardnarea /Lisnarea.
“This will now allow DCC to carry out discreet landscaping and improvements and allow the lands to continue to be held for public use.
“This will ensure that the green will be maintained by the council and will allow local residents to continue to use the site for recreation.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the people living in the area because it now means everyone now knows who is responsible for what and the people have a piece of land that they can use.”