More than half a million pounds will be spent redeveloping the Queen’s Quay area of Derry, local councillors were told this week.
Brian Doherty from the Department of Social Development told councillors at the monthly meeting of the Regional Services committee that a major public realm scheme would be starting in the quay areas shortly.
He said that the roadway along the quay would be resurfaced from the roundabout at the Council offices to the Harbour Square roundabout.
New footpaths and street furniture will also be installed in the area as part of the redevelopment.
Sinn Féin councillor Gerry MacLochlainn welcomed the plans. “This is an area that has been run down for a significant number of years and I want to keep reminding everyone involved that it is an area in urgent need of attention. These redevelopment plans are to be welcomed,” he said.
SDLP group leader councillor Gerry Diver also welcomed the plans and asked if councillors could be kept updated on any developments. “This is an opportunity for other areas of the city to experience the same kind of redevelopment witnessed in the city centre. It would be helpful if we could see some kind of design ideas for this area but we look forward to working in partnership with DSD to improve this area,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Doherty also announced proposals to erect screens in front of vacant sites in order to improve the appearance of the city.
Screens were suggested for vacant sites and derelict buildings in the city centre as part of a £250,000 plan to revitalise the city centre.
Mr Doherty also told councillors that screens could also possibly be erected around the Fort George site during the Clipper Yacht Race to mask the redevelopment site, which is currently vacant. He explained that extra seating will be provided on the quayside at Fort George for people to watch the yachts arriving in the city.
He said that one idea currently being considered is to hold competitions in local schools to get children to design artwork which would be displayed on the screens.