Go-ahead for Creggan Burn cycleway

Creggan Burn is in line for a makeover.
Creggan Burn is in line for a makeover.

Plans for a footpath and cycleway at Creggan Burn in Derry have been given the go-ahead.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has recommended planning approval for the project which also includes associated landscaping and fencing.

Street furniture, gates, lighting and drainage are also included in the scheme.

Creggan Burn Park is a nine hectare open space bounded to the north and south by the residential areas of Rosemount, Glen Road and Creggan Road.

Mark H Durkan said: “This is welcome news for the Rosemount and Glen Road areas and adjacent neighbourhoods of the city. The proposal provides for well-planned footpath and cycleways that provide linkages into the surrounding communities from this strategically located area of open space.

“At the same time, it provides for enhanced security and access arrangements for adjacent residences. This is welcome as this area has been blighted with anti-social behaviour over a number of years.

“The proposal also contributes to the ongoing development by Derry City Council of its Access Plan that envisages a citywide network of greenways for walking and cycling. This shows how planning can promote sustainable urban and rural access opportunities within the Derry City Council area, and provides recreational, health, amenity and tourism benefits.”