Northland Sinn Féin councillor Barney O’Hagan has welcomed a new initiative to provide more soccer and gaelic games facilities in the Creggan Burn Park area.
Community leaders and sporting clubs in the area have been calling for increased leisure provision for a number of years and worked together to lobby Derry City Council to provide extra pitches.
The Outer West Neighbourhood Partnership has now established a task force as part of its physical renewal strategy with representatives from the Glen Development Initiative, Rosemount Resource Centre, Oxford United Football Club, Doire Cholmcille CLG, and Derry City Council.
The task force will look at plans to locate two new pitches and other facilities in the Creggan Burn Park green area.
Colr. O’Hagan said the plans have been welcomed in the area.
Speaking after visiting the site with Lisa Moore from the Glen Development Initiative to see the plans at first hand, Colr. O’Hagan said; “I believe there is an opportunity to develop the sporting capacity in the Outer West area through the provision of possibly two full-size pitches and a multi-sports area capable for soccer, gaelic and multi-purpose use,” he said.
The Sinn Féin colr. also explained that Derry City Council are currently carrying out a number of surveys in the area to examine the feasibility of providing more pitches.
These include determining the water plain and levels and looking at access routes.
Colr. O’Hagan said the plans, if successful, would help meet the growing demand for more sports facilities in the city in general and in the Outer West area in particular.
“This development wold complement the Council’s pitches strategy,” he said.