Strathfoyle play-park row

Eamon O'Donnell and Paul Hughes pictured last year with some of the children and parents who are waiting for a new playpark to be developed at Strathfoyle. DER4414-120KM
Eamon O'Donnell and Paul Hughes pictured last year with some of the children and parents who are waiting for a new playpark to be developed at Strathfoyle. DER4414-120KM

Derry City and Strabane District Sinn Fein councillors have said they will support the Strathfoyle community’s campaign to have suitable play facilities provided in the area.

Sinn Fein’s announcment comes only days after it was revealed that Strathfoyle had a funding application for a play park turned down.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ on Friday morning, Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Paul Fleming, said he empathised with the people of Strathfoyle.

“I understand the disappointment and anger felt by the people of Strathfoyle with regard to the recent decision not to fund the much needed play facilities in the area,” said Colr. Fleming.

“The application was supported by the three main community organisations in the area and I commend them for the work and detail they put in which had the widespread support of the people of Strathfoyle and Enagh.”

Colr. Fleming added: “It is something which the people have highlighted over many years and Sinn Féin have and will continue to support them achieve modern and safe play facilities for the children and young people of the area.”

Enagh Youth Forum (EYF) was one of the local community groups involved in the funding application.

EYF community worker, Paul Hughes, recorded a video to convey his disappointment at the news of that the funding application had been shot down.

“The people of Strathfoyle are angry right now,” he said.

Mr. Hughes also questioned how some areas of Derry could have four and five play parks when Strathfoyle had none.

He urged local people to “rise up and tell people we refuse to become the forgotten community and fight back.”