Main proposals for future outside recreation in Clooney space of Derry Waterside

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The plans aim to improve the community’s green infrastructure and connectivity in the region and include improved provision of green paths and sports facilities, as well as a new community park.

In 2018, the council endorsed the vision of the Clooney Master Plan, supported by the Department for Communities (DfC), and has since entered formal negotiations with the education authority to secure its green spaces on the former Ebrington PS site.

The council has also raised funds through the Capital Review Group to purchase these lots and to cover development costs for a new greenway extension to build on the success of the Clooney Greenway.

The public is invited to comment on the Clooney master plan.

The council’s Green Infrastructure team has worked closely with relevant stakeholders at the request of DfC to help identify priorities for the area. The officials prepared an internal concept plan based on the evidence gathered, which was presented to the participating organizations and the wider list of stakeholders.

The master plan has since been presented to cross-departmental officers, elected members and stakeholders on April 21, where the plan was approved with minor changes.

At a recent meeting of the Council’s Environment and Renewal Committee, members were informed that the next phase of the process will involve wider engagement from residents and will be done through an online process given the limitations of Covid19. Residents will now be asked to provide their views on the master plan over an eight week period before a report is sent back to the committee for consideration.

Opening the consultation, Community Secretary Deirdre Hargey said, “I am very interested in hearing the views of the local community on the redevelopment proposals contained in the Clooney Master Plan.

“My department’s lands are an integral part of the area covered by the master plan, and the responses we receive will help us shape it together to ensure that the community will fully benefit from future developments. So I encourage all local stakeholders to share their views and comments to the Council during the consultation phase. “