Derry City and Strabane District Council has announced its service arrangements for the Christmas holiday period and the public are reminded to check the Council website over the coming weeks for any changes to opening times and refuse collections in their area.
The main council office buildings in Derry and Strabane will be closed for Christmas on December 26, 27 and 28 and January 2 for the New Year.
There will be some minor changes to bin collections across the district, and householders will be informed of this via special bin stickers which they should look out for in the coming days. These changes will affect homes with collections on a Monday, with no collections on Monday December 26, St. Stephen’s Day. People should be aware that these collections will now take place on Saturday 24.
Recycling centres across Derry and Strabane will also close early at 3pm on Christmas Eve and times for the reopening of all centres are highlighted on the Council’s website at www.derrystrabane.com/services/wasterecycling
Leisure centres across Derry and Strabane, including Foyle Arena, Templemore Sports Complex, Brooke Park, Riversdale, Melvin Park and Derg Valley will all close on December 24, 25 and 26 for the Christmas break with early closure at 2pm on December 31 and centres remaining closed on January 1.
The City Baths at William Street will be closed until January 3. For a full list of updated opening times please refer to the website www.derrystrabane.com/openinghours
The district’s parks will remain open as usual and maintain regular hours over the holiday period, subject to weather conditions.
History buffs should note that the Tower Museum, Guildhall and Harbour House will all be closed on the following dates - December 24, 25 and 26 and January 1.
Regular visitors to the cemeteries across the district will still have access to the sites as they will remain open daily as usual from 9am to 4.30pm.
For anyone wishing to register births or deaths the District Registrar’s Offices will be closed on December 26, 27 and 28 and also January 2.
The District Registration Service will however be available over the Christmas and New Year Holidays for Emergency Death Registration.
Local Funeral Directors are aware that they can make contact via the office out of hours mobile number. This call out service is available for family who need to register a death immediately for either cremation purposes or removal of the body outside of the jurisdiction.
For more information on all Council services over the holiday period please access the Council website at the following link www.derrystrabane.com/openinghours