Meeting on Top of the Hill centre plans

Local residents are being invited to air their views on plans for a new community centre in the Waterside.

A meeting to discuss proposals for a new community facility at the Top of the Hill is to take place tomorrow at Hillcrest House.

Derry City Council has appointed a design team and business case consultants to develop plans for a new facility following calls for a community hub in the area.

In May Sinn Féin Councillor Lynn Fleming tabled a motion at Derry City Council calling for a new facility for the area to be prioritised following the closure and subsequent demolition of the Top of the Hill Community Centre.

A spokesperson for the council has confirmed that the local authority is currently in the process of finalising an outline business case for the project which “will result in a preferred option” being chosen.

“The preferred option will include the most suitable site as well as capital and revenue costs for the project.” The council spokesperson added that the local community has “been involved at all stages of the project” and is an integral part of a project steering group that has been set up to develop a masterplan for the development of the community facilities in the area.

Residents are invited to the public consultation at Hillcrest House from 11am-1pm tomorrow.

An outline business base and proposed designs are expected to be presented to Derry City Council’s elected members for consideration before the end of this year.