The meeting was chaired by Charlene Keenan, Destined’s General Manager, and she outlined that the purpose of the meeting was to start a discussion about an integrated approach to the development of the Foyle Valley, and to establish a framework to manage the delivery of a comprehensive strategy.
Speakers detailed proposals such as a wildlife sanctuary, a wetlands area, a social farm, pet farm and environmental project along the river.
Suggestions were made to establish a racing pigeon centre for the North West and recreational activities such as water sports, skate board park and upgrade of football facilities. There was a discussion on the development of the Foyle Valley Railway Museum and re-introducing a steam train that could possibly operate on a cross-border basis.
Destined proposed that Derry and Strabane Council should take on the role of lead partner for the development. They further proposed the establishment of a number of sub-groups to address the specific needs of the east bank of the river, activities on the river itself, the west bank and a further one to look at cross-border collaborations.
The next meeting is due in September/October 2021. For further info contact Charlene Keenan, 02871362424 or [email protected]