Derry will lose key Halloween viewing site - councillor

Halloween fireworks over Derry.
Halloween fireworks over Derry.

Derry will lose one of its most iconic viewing platforms for the Halloween fireworks as a result of a recent planning decision, a Councillor has warned.

SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly registered his party’s opposition to the granting of an application for housing on a site beside Dunfield in the Gobnascale area.

Residents had mounted a massive campaign of opposition to the proposals which ultimately failed to prevent permission being granted for 20 split-level units.

The matter was raised in Stormont by Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey. who spoke of a possible land swap “tabled via the council or via the residents’ group” that might “broker a deal that would enable housing to be built elsewhere”.

At this week’s council meeting, Colr Reilly said he wanted to put on public record his party’s view that “the Planners got that one wrong”, adding: “We would be keen to see what the council officers can do to change that. Unfortunately one of the best places to view the fireworks is under threat”.

His comments were welcomed by residents.