Strathfoyle group appeal to children’s commissioner

Commissioner for Children and Young People in N. Ireland, Koulla Yiasouma.

Commissioner for Children and Young People in N. Ireland, Koulla Yiasouma.

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A community group based in Strathfoyle has written to the Commissioner for Children and Young People in North about the lack play-park facilities in the area.

Enagh Youth Forum (EYF) sent the letter to Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma on Tuesday.

Last week it was announced that the Department for Social Development (DSD) had approved funding to build play parks in both the Irish Street and Top of the Hill areas.

“With more positive play park funding announcements last week for different areas in the city, Strathfoyle residents are desperate for help to highlight the needs of children and young people in the area and to highlight that all children have a right to play,” said EYF community worker, Paul Hughes.

“We at EYF have today [Tuesday] written to Koulla Yiasouma NI Commissioner for Children and Young People requesting that she come and visit Strathfoyle and to ask for her help to lobby local council so that more is done to ensure that Strathfoyle gets the play park it so badly needs and deserves.

“We are hoping Koulla will come and meet with us and persuade and convince council that there is a real and overwhelming need for a play park here now,” he added.

A funding application that could have helped build a play park in Strathfoyle was turned down by ‘Space and Place’ last month.

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