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Dates announced for largest greenway development linking Derry to Donegal

18 June 2018

Following successful consultation events for the Derry – Muff section of the North West Greenway Network, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council have now announced the dates for the eagerly-awaited consultation process for route 1, Derry to Buncrana. The councils are now seeking the public’s views on a series of route options being appraised for the proposed greenway linking Derry to Buncrana (with a spur to Newtowncunningham), which is being developed as part of the North West Greenway Network.

Two public consultation days are being held in order to enable the public to review presented route corridor options and to provide formal feedback:

-          Tuesday 26 June, Lough Swilly Yacht Club, Station Road, Fahan, 14.00-20.00

-          Wednesday 27 June, Templemore Sports Complex, Buncrana Road, Derry, 14.00-20.00, from 14.00-20.00

The Buncrana to Derry section is known as Route 1 and is one of three routes being developed as part of the North West Greenway Network. On completion, the three routes will deliver 46.5 km of new cross-border greenway that will help reduce carbon emissions by encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home. The c.€18 million project is part-funded under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Ronan Gallagher, Communications Manager for the North West Greenway Network said: ’Almost 300 people attended last month’s consultation events in Culmore and Muff and the feedback was fantastic. Everyone we spoke to wants to see these routes developed. He continued: ‘we’re hoping more people will attend the events in Fahan and Derry as this section of the project is by far the largest stretch of greenway to be developed.’

Programme manager, Jonathan Henderson concluded: ‘the public consultation events provide a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about the overall project and to input into the route selection process.  We would strongly encourage everybody to get involved, particularly those who live in Buncrana, Fahan, Tooban, Burnfoot, Bridgend, Newtowncunningham and Derry, and feed into the process as much as possible and contribute to shaping development in their region.’

For those who are unable to attend the public consultation events, there are other platforms in which to get involved and have your say: long on to www.nwgreenway.com or email:[email protected]; Twitter @nwgreenway and Facebook @nwgreenway.