Council says extension of cyclepath to Strathfoyle not dependant on EU funding

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Derry City and Strabane District Council has moved to assuage concerns funding uncertainty post-Brexit may scupper the extension of the Waterside Greenway to Strathfoyle and Maydown.

A Council spokesperson said the extension of the popular cycleway and footpath downstream as far as Strathfoyle is not dependent on European Union (EU) match-funding.

Paul Hughes from Enagh Youth Forum, raising concerns on behalf of local residents in Strathfoyle, said: “Enagh Youth Forum share the concerns of many local residents regarding the future of the Strathfoyle Greenway Walk and Cycle Path that will connect our village to the city along the river.

“Residents were first made aware of the plans back in 2012. The project has secured full planning permission with no recorded objections.

“Although it was four years ago, it only seems like yesterday when ourselves and other local residents were meeting to ask why the waterside greenway plan had not initially included Strathfoyle and Maydown.

“However, much talk of the greenway plans becoming a reality were based on Derry City and Strabane District Council securing funding from the European Union.

“Now with Brexit, many local residents are concerned that the project will no longer materialise.

“We at Enagh Youth Forum believe that this greenway is essential in helping to tackle rural isolation and social exclusion.”

A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council explained that there is no European funding identified or application pending for the Strathfoyle Greenway project.