Minister for Communities Paul Givan MLA, has launched a public consultation on the designs for the proposed Inner Walled City Public Realm scheme in Londonderry.
The draft designs include improvements to footways and carriageways, lighting, landscaping, street furniture, public artwork and associated works which aim to regenerate the city centre. The proposals cover an area which comprises of Linenhall Street, Bank Place, Union Hall Place, Magazine Street, Society Street and Palace Street and will also provide a public space replacing the Society Street car park.
Minister Givan said: “Public Realm enhancements such as this contribute to the appeal of our town and city centres, making them more attractive for local residents, businesses, shoppers, visitors and tourists. I am keen to hear a wide range of views on the designs for this Public Realm project in Londonderry and I look forward to receiving feedback on the proposals.”
The public consultation will run from 20 June 2016 - 28 August 2016 and during that period the design proposals will be on display in the Tower Museum at Union Hall Place in Londonderry. A drop-in event will also take place at the same location between 2.00pm and 5.30pm on Tuesday 28 June 2016. This will provide an opportunity to get more information and to speak to officials involved in the project .
Minister Givan continued: “In recent years there have been a number of significant improvements to the City’s streetscape and the proposed Inner Walled City Public Realm project will continue this redevelopment. The designs will be finalised following the period of public consultation and a planning application will be submitted by early autumn.”
Subject to approvals it is anticipated that construction will commence in late 2017 or early 2018.
Any comments made during the consultation period will be considered by the Department when finalising its plans for the area.
Notes to editors:
- The Inner Walled City Public Realm scheme covers an area of 7010m2 within the Walled City of Londonderry.
- Feedback questionnaires on the proposals are available at the Tower Museum or can be downloaded from the Department’s website. Copies of a consultation leaflet, the scheme design proposals and the results of a Section 75 Screening Exercise can also be found on the Department’s website.
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