Call for input as plans made for reopening Derry and Strabane

The local business community in Derry and Strabane are being invited to give their input to proposals to encourage people to return to the city and town centres when restrictions ease.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 8:40 am

A Business Engagement session will be hosted online at 9am on Thursday March 11, and will include a presentation of the proposals.

Mayor Brian Tierney said: “As part of this process, Council has commissioned urban designers to prepare high-level concept designs which illustrate how certain streets, including Bishop Street, the Diamond and Waterloo Street and Castle Street in Strabane might look and function. We will also look at further proposed plans for Waterloo Place, Queens Quay and Police Court Street in Derry.”

The event will be chaired by Jim Roddy, chief executive of the City Centre Initiative and include a presentation on the Covid Recovery and Revitalisation Programme by Tony Monaghan, Council Regeneration Manager.

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Paul McNaught from the NW Development Office will speak on behalf of funders the Department for Communities while there will be an overview of the Street Life Plan by Chris Upson, OGU Architects.

Council’s Festival and Events Manager Jacqueline Whoriskey will be provide an update on the ‘Inside Out’ Animation programme, with closing remarks by Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Clancy.

The streetscape plan also envisages more on-street dining opportunities in areas like Waterloo Street in Derry.