New ‘Urban Village’ project for Derry

The Fountain.
The Fountain.

Details have been revealed of a new ‘Urban Village’ project aimed at transforming and regenerating the Bogside and Fountain areas of Derry.

The initiative is part of the ‘Together: Building a United Community Strategy’ published in May 2013, which outlined that Urban Villages would be established to create and stabilise change within communities.

Junior Minister Jonathan Bell said: “The Urban Village project is designed to tackle dereliction and decay within our urban communities, tackling the low social capital that can create instability and disengagement, improving community confidence and securing the necessary foundations to foster better community relations within and between communities. Through this targeted physical regeneration, we can improve the life experiences of communities, creating a happier, healthier and more peaceful future.”

Junior Minister Jennifer McCann added: “By creating these urban villages, the Executive is offering a real opportunity for residents to shape and influence their areas, building social cohesion and improving local amenities, based on what they see as the local priorities.

“Through local input and involvement, we will help bring the local community together to work on enhancing their areas to deliver for all residents. I look forward to seeing the transformation of these areas take shape.”

A project team will be set up for the new Urban Village areas.

The project teams will engage and work within the community in the areas to assess needs and develop priorities for each of the urban village areas.