Poots happy for DAERA to look at Muff Glen bridge destroyed in 2017 floods

Edwin Poots says his Deparment will examine the possibility of working with Derry City & Strabane District Council on the reinstatement of a Derry bridge destroyed in the 2017 floods.

Saturday, 24th April 2021, 2:06 pm

He was asked about the Muff Glen footbridge in Eglinton by the Foyle SDLP MLA Mark H. Durkan Last year DC&SDC estimated it could cost up to £500,000 to replace the footbridge that formerly crossed the Muff River in the popular woodland east of Derry.

“Will the Minister commit his Department to continuing work with DC&SDC to facilitate the repair or reinstatement of the footbridge in Muff Glen forest, outside Eglinton, which was destroyed by floods in 2017, thus making that tremendous asset more accessible and increasing the number of people who can enjoy it?” asked Mr. Durkan. Mr. Poots, the Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), said: “I am unaware of the particulars of the case, as I was not forewarned. However, we have been working closely with councils across NI to improve our forest parks. We have seen some fantastic projects being carried forward, where DAERA has supported the local authorities, and access for families and the disabled has been improved. We are happy to look at the issue that the Member has raised around Muff Glen.”