Hopes new Derry centre will herald Culmore play areas and sports pitches

SDLP Deputy Mayor of Derry & Strabane Councillor Angela Dobbins has welcomed planning approval for a community centre in Culmore Country Park.

She said she was delighted the project had finally been given the go-ahead, after being in the works for a number of years.

Deputy Mayor Dobbins said: “This project has been in council’s hands for a long period and I’m glad that we are finally taking the steps necessary to see it become a reality.

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“While these plans may be some way off what we had originally envisioned, it will go some way to addressing the lack of amenities in this thriving community and will be an important building block which we can return to and improve in future.

The new Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Angela Dobbins pictured yesterday evening at the Guildhall. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

“I welcome the involvement of the council’s Environmental Health Department and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in this project, they will play a key role in the construction of the community centre and ensure that there is no negative impact on the local wildlife that inhabit the country park.

“A plan will also be put in place to restrict construction during the mating/nesting seasons to limit the potential impact of disruption.”

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Colr. Dobbins said that with the country park and the community centre forming part of the new greenway between the city and Muff, the Department for Infrastructure needed to provide a much-needed pathway and lighting in the country park to ensure public safety.

“While I acknowledge a community centre is only one aspect of the needed facilities in the Culmore area, I hope it can form the centre of a wider project which will include play provision and sports pitches for everyone in this area to enjoy.”

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Councillor Angela Dobbins pictured on the Quad Train at a previous Culmore Community Festival held in the Culmore Country Park. DER3718GS068
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