Strathfoyle says ‘thank you’ for play-park decision

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

A community group in Strathfoyle have thanked all those responsible for securing the necessary funding required to build a children’s play-park in the area.

Paul Hughes from Enagh Youth Forum said he was hopeful the new play-park would be completed by April 2017.

“Enagh Youth Forum would like to express our thanks to all project partners on the play park steering group, The Rural Area Partnership In Derry, All political parties and all of the independent councillors who supported this campaign and who voted for yesterdays proposal.”

After funding had been secured from the Department for the Environment (DOE), the Department for Social Development (DSD) and a private company, the people of Strathfoyle urged Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) to come up with remaining amount, believed to be in the region of £350,000.

DCSDC’s Governance and Strategic Planning Committee voted in favour of funding the play-park at a meeting on Tuesday.

“Local residents and campaigners feel vindicated that ‘the real need’ prevailed and all the elected representatives who voted for this are to be commended for their approval for council to fund this long over due community facility,” said Mr. Hughes.

A tendering process is expected to begin immediately following full council ratification of the decision on December 17.

“A special thank you to all local residents for their resilience, tenacity and patience over these past few years, but finally Strathfoyle children will have somewhere to play with the play park hopefully opened no later than April 2017.

“Thanks also to the Derry Journal for supporting this campaign over the past number of years,” added Mr. Hughes.