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28/09/2021

Almost £2.5m of council funding proposed for new Derry community centres

Sinn Féin councillors have welcomed news that almost £2.5 million of funding is to be allocated for new community centres in Hazelbank and Galliagh. Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has welcomed proposals to allocate 900k towards the cost of a new community centre on the Ringfort Road, Hazelbank, while Councillor Caoimhe McKnight welcomed a proposed £739K towards the cost of a new community centre in the Galliagh area and Councillor Duffy welcomed a further £850k for Culmore. Cllr. McGinley said: “At next month’s Governance & Strategic Planning Committee a recommendation will be put forward to ringfence £900k towards a new state of the art community centre to be sited on the Ringfort Road. "This centre will service the Hazelbank / Ballymagroarty communities and will be a much-welcomed addition to an area which required a significant investment in community provision. It will also be accessible to a wider area including Foyle Springs. The entire funding for the project will hopefully emerge over the coming period but Council’s contribution results from a well thought out financial strategy which Sinn Féin has fully supported since the amalgamation of the legacy councils. This strategic approach will stand us in good stead as we look to develop and deliver further initiatives for the rate payers and citizens of the entire Council area.” Welcoming the proposed funds for Galliagh, Cllr McKnight said: “This centre is essential for the growth and development of the area and will provide much needed facilities, not only for our young people but for the wider community in general. “The Galliagh area has been lacking in proper facilities to support the community, so I hope that the entire funding for the project will be forth coming over the foreseeable future. “The recommendation to ringfence this money is indicative of the Council’s well thought out financial strategy, showing that Derry City and Strabane District Council are working and delivering for the ratepayers. “This strategy has been fully supported by Sinn Féin since the amalgamation of the legacy councils and we will continue to do so as it puts us at an advantageous position as we look forward to further delivery of much needed facilities for the citizens of the entire Council district. “The entire funding for the project will hopefully emerge over the coming period and I look forward to the realisation of a project that will be a hob for a range of community activities.” Cllr Duffy, responding to the £850k for Culmore said: "This centre will service the entire Culmore community and is a much needed facility for the area which requires significant investment. "The Community Centre is part of an overall plan for the Culmore Country Park, where the Council also hope to see a play park and pitches on site over the next few years."

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