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Council flood damaged facility reopens this week

22 February 2018

The play area and outdoor gym at Plumbridge is set to open this week after it was refurbished following the floods last August that devastated homes, farmland and businesses across the North West.

Derry City and Strabane District Council, welcoming news that the play area is to reopen, has reassured the public that it is continuing to finalise works to repair a number of its premises and facilities that were damaged by the floods.

A Council spokesperson confirmed that work is progressing at the play area and pitches at Newtownstewart and at the play area at Donemana, with a view to having both facilities up and running again shortly.

A number of areas in rural parts of the Council area were badly affected during the floods including two recycling centres at Donemana and Newtownstewart, that have both since reopened, while repair works are continuing at the Plumbridge MUGA.

Contractors have been appointed to carry out repair works at Learmount Forest where a number of pathways were washed away and it is hoped works to replace these pathways will commence shortly.

A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said that since the floods in August last year, it has been working closely with its insurers and government departments to prioritise repair work to all Council-owned facilities affected and to get as many of the facilities affected up and running again.

“We are pleased that we are progressing through this process and making positive steps forward to repair the damage that was caused to over 20 of our premises and facilities across our Council area. As we work through repairing the damage caused, we have been very proactive in working with partners to provide alternative facilities and arrangements where necessary in an effort to mitigate the impact on public services and we will continue to prioritise these works moving forward to fully restore all services as soon as possible,” the spokesperson concluded