Peace Bridge survey this week

A survey is to be carried out to gauge local people’s opinions on the potential impact of Derry’s new Peace Bridge on city life.

Ilex, the urban regeneration company has announced the launch of a ‘Attitudinal and Resident Movement Baseline Survey’ to be carried out by Social Capital North West Community Interest Company (CIC) this weekend.

The four day survey will begin on Thursday at several key locations including the Peace Bridge landing point on the west bank, Lisnagelvin, Foyleside and Richmond shopping centres, Sainsbury’s, St Columb’s Park and Translink bus depot at Foyle Street.

The aim of the survey is to produce detailed information on attitudes to the Peace Bridge, its contribution to use of open space including Ebrington, Guildhall Square, Waterloo Place and St Columb’s Park and also the movement of residents across the bridge for employment, shopping, social and leisure.

Michael Gallagher, Ilex’s Strategy and Regeneration Manager explained: “The Peace Bridge will be a significant new public space for all of our community and we need to ensure that it impacts positively on our daily lives”.

OFMDFM Junior Minister, Martina Anderson added: “This work which is being conducted on behalf of Ilex will provide us with valuable information on the uses that residents of this city would like to see on Ebrington, enabling us to further develop our plans for this site of regional importance.”

The bridge will be officially opened on Saturday, June 25 at 3pm.