Security barriers adjacent to Derry’s PSNI headquarters on Asylum Road are to be removed as part of a £430,000 funding package for the area.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland said the money would be used for ongoing work in the Clarendon Street Conservation Area. The work will include upgrades to the footpaths and lighting in Asylum Road, Bayview Terrace, Princes Street and Princes Terrace and is expected to be finished by March 2014.
The project will see the re-instatement of the original cast iron lighting columns and the replacement of the unsightly security barriers on Asylum Road with less intrusive bollards.
Mr McCausland said: “I am pleased to announce funding for this project which will contribute further to the upgrade of the public realm in the Clarendon Street Conservation Area. In particular, I am delighted that the original cast iron lighting columns have been successfully refurbished which will allow them to remain on Asylum Road. My Department recognises the importance of preserving historic features and the refurbishment work undertaken has ensured that the columns, which are over 100 years-old, will continue to be fit for purpose for many years to come.”