£210K. boost for Brandywell footpaths

£210,000 is to be spent on upgrading footways and carriageways in the Brandywell area of Derry.

The Lone Moor Road and Stanley’s Walk will be the focus of the refurbishment programme.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland says the work, which will be carried out by the Department for Regional Development, will begin in early May and will be completed within six weeks.

Explaining the need for the scheme, he added: “While the Lone Moor Road is an important arterial route linking the Letterkenny Road to the rest of the city, it is visually unattractive and the streetscapes are clearly in need of repair.

“These works will make the area more user friendly, particularly for people with disabilities.”

Roads Minister Danny Kennedy added: “Temporary traffic management arrangements will be required and I would ask for the patience and co-operation of both residents and road users for the duration of this work.”

The announcement has been welcomed by local Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue.

“We have been campaigning for many years for such a revamp to take place,” she said. “This streetscape project will complement other work that has been going in the district over the past few months.”