Candidate urges public to take part in Prehen Boathouse consultation
14:59 Friday 12th of April 2019
An independent candidate in next month's local election has urged the public to have their say on the future of Prehen Boathouse.
Paul Hughes said: "I would urge everyone with an interest in the future of 'Prehen Boat House' to take a few minutes to complete the online survey at http://www.derrystrabane.com/prehenboathouse before Thursday 25th April 2019.
"This online survey further provides an opportunity for people to outline to council their views regarding the future development of the boathouse.
"The redevelopment of Prehen Boathouse is long over due. Council reassumed ownership of the building back in 2008 from the North West Regional College.
"Now eleven years later Derry City and Strabane District Council have finally confirmed that £600,000 of funding has now been secured to build the new pontoon complete with supporting changing and access works.
"This is good news and these works will certainly go some way to helping to restore activity at the upper part of the river and Im sure will be well received by the Foyle Paddlers Canoe Club and City of Derry Rowing Club. Hopefully now Council will take the next step and redevelop the building in line with the views and wishes of local people and of course the Foyle Paddlers and the cities oldest sporting club - City of Derry Rowing Club who have and continue to provide a wide range of outdoor educational and recreational activities at the site.
"Council have made promises about this site before. Plans have been discussed and presented before. Consultations have taking place before! Riverside strategies over the years have come and go. This time, it's time to make it happen.
"I am also calling on Derry City & Strabane District Council to review current 'access provision' to the River Foyle. Council must now listen to the views of people, clubs and communities wishes for this key site and invest in the redevelopment of Prehen Boathouse. In addition to this Council should carry out an immediate review into current 'access points' along the river and should carry out a feasibility study to improve access onto the river at Culmore Point to better accommodate Lough Foyle Yacht Club and unlock future potential for the river."
CAPTION: Paul Hughes pictured at Prehen Boathouse.
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