Local people and groups consulted over new community for Galliagh

PUBLIC CONSULTATION. . . Group pictured during the public consultation held on Wednesday at St. Joseph's Parish Centre, Galliagh for a new community centre based in the local area. Local residents were asked for their views and opinions on issues such as a suitable site and what type of activities would be best suited. DER4814MC033
PUBLIC CONSULTATION. . . Group pictured during the public consultation held on Wednesday at St. Joseph's Parish Centre, Galliagh for a new community centre based in the local area. Local residents were asked for their views and opinions on issues such as a suitable site and what type of activities would be best suited. DER4814MC033
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People living in Galliagh were given the chance to have an input into the decision over a new community centre for the area on Wednesday.

The public consultation took place in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Galliagh during Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Hundreds of local people attended went along to have their say.

No decision has been made regarding the new community centre.

The event was managed by Derry City Council.

Many political groups represented in the area and community organisations including the local nursery school, attended the event.

Chair of Greater Shantallow Community Partnership, Peter McDonald, said he was delighted with the number of groups and individuals who participated in the consultation process.

“We have had a really steady flow of people from all over Galliagh coming here to St. Joseph’s Parish Hall today,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the people of this area to not just have a say but have input into something that will benefit this area greatly.

“I am also delighted to see all of the political parties represented here today because I think things like this work better when we have everyone working towards the same goal.”

Deirdre McLaughlin has been living in the Galliagh area for over 20 years and she said she delighted to have been able voice an opinion on the construction of a new community centre.

“I think it’s vitally important that the people of Galliagh are able to have an input into the decision over a new community centre.

“We are the people who live here and we are the people who know the area the best - we know what Galliagh needs and what it doesn’t.

“From a personal point of view, I have three young children so I would like the centre to reflect a focus on young people.

“Galliagh gets a bad press sometimes but I believe a new community centre with good facilities could benefit every person living here, no matter their age.”

Jim O’Kane moved to Galliagh from Rosemount in 2003. Jim lost his job three years ago and said he hoped the new community centre would offer the unemployed of the area a chance at learning new skills and qualifications.

“Through no fault of my own, I lost my job a few years ago. I have been unemployed ever since. I don’t have any qualifications and I have no experience when it comes to computers and the Internet. I would hope the new community centre would help people like me learn new things and therefore increase my chances of getting a job.”

The public consultation process finished on Wednesday evening and it is hoped that the findings and recommendations would be made available before Christmas.

“I believe this is a step in the right direction to achieving something that this area not only deserves but needs,” said Peter McDonald.