Communities Minister, Paul Givan, has announced funding of £160,223 to support phase four of the Waterside Greenway project in Londonderry.
The project will open up public access into the Gransha Estate and will connect directly with the end of the Phase three works close to the Foyle Bridge. The works include the creation of a 0.5km pedestrian and cycle path and the provision of street lighting and litter bins.
The funding has been made available to Derry City and Strabane District Council who are working in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) and the Department to deliver the project.
Minister Givan said: “This project is a great example of partnership working between my Department, the Council and the Trust to deliver improvements for the local community. The extension of the Greenway network will provide direct access into the Gransha estate, creating a safe and accessible route for cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy and brings my Department’s investment in the Waterside Greenway to a total of over £600,000.”
Welcoming the news, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said: “I am delighted at the announcement that the Minister for Communities has pledged such a significant amount to extend the Waterside Greenway into lands at Gransha. This development will enhance the already impressive greenway network which is linking communities across the city, giving people access to high quality green space.
“It will also encourage local people to make healthier lifestyle choices by providing them with more environmentally friendly travel options, and encouraging them to take up leisure activities such as walking, running and cycling.”
Commenting on behalf of the Western Health and Social Care Trust, Teresa Molloy, Director of Performance Management and Service Improvement said: “The Western Trust has worked closely with Derry City and Strabane Council over the last year to plan the new access arrangements from the Greenway onto Gransha Park, and we are delighted that the scheme will now move ahead.
“As a Trust we work hard to promote all aspects of health improvement with our staff and the public, and the Waterside Greenway project will deliver a great resource for the local community to have a healthier active lifestyle. The project is a great example of the Trust, the Council and the Department for Communities working in partnership to make this project a reality.”
Construction works are expected to commence in January 2017 and complete by June 2017.
Notes to editors:
- WHSCT are also contributing £4,807 and will provide project management throughout the delivery of the project.
- The project will involve fencing works and drop kerbs, new street lighting and litter bins.
- Povall Worthington Architects have been appointed by WHSCT to develop the scheme design and oversee the project to completion
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