The news that the master plan for Ballyarnett Country Park has moved on to the next stage has been described as “great for the area” by local SDLP councillor, Brian Tierney.
Colr. Tierney’s comments come after Derry City and Strabane District Council’s (DCSDC) Environment and Regeneration Committee endorsed the proposal so that those in charge can now start to apply for outline planning permission.
“As everyone knows this is a huge area of the city which I feel is under-developed and is with so much potential,” Colr. Tierney told the ‘Journal’.
“DCSDC has secured £600,000 through the Invest In Play Project from local a Social Investment Fund (SIF) bid.
“One thing that I feel is very important in this entire master plan is community involvement. Once completed it will be the community who will be the main beneficiary so the key I feel is to develop something that the community right across Derry and Strabane will embrace. I think we have this in the Ballyarnett master plan,” added Colr. Tierney.
The Ballyarnett Country Park is an “asset” to the community, according to Colr. Tierney and one he believes will start to unleash its true potential once the new children’s play park is opened.
“I know how important community involvement is to the people behind this and I know how successful the information sessions were for both the Outer North Neighbourhood Partnership and all the stakeholders who took part.
“I do think the country park is a vital community asset which I think is under-utilised at the minute. I think the children’s play park will have an effect on this and look forward to it actually opening,” said Colr. Tierney.
The next stage for those behind the Ballyarnett master plan is to apply for outline planning permission and this, according to Colr. Tierney, can be achieved through funding received from the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).
“I think it’s key that the regeneration of Ballyarnett Country Park moves to the next stage which is to apply for outline planning permission.
“As the committee papers state, OFMDFM has confirmed that the cost of this which is £10,500 can be met from the Invest in Play project
“I personally know the hard work that has taken place so far and thank all those involved and offer my and my party’s continued support,” Colr. Tierney concluded.