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Mayor visits site of Newbuildings improvement works

25 August 2020

 Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, has visited the site of access and environmental improvements at Newbuildings Community and Environmental Association and Newbuildings Cricket Club after work got underway earlier this month.

The works include the construction of a new roadway and pedestrian paths, along with new car parking.

The total project is estimated to cost approximately £300,000 and is being partly funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council. Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership is the majority funder under Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the European Union.

Mayor Tierney said he was delighted to visit the site and find out more about how the works will benefit the local community.

"This is work which will obviously benefit a number of sporting groups and organisations in Newbuildings, but it will also be a welcome project to all who live in the area.

"We want it to be accessible for all, and it's great to see work getting underway which, once completed, will improve the facilities for the people of Newbuildings to enjoy for years to come.

"These works will make it easier for the community to access and use this popular site and increase capacity for public events, as well as supporting the future development of Newbuildings United FC and the Cricket Club by creating better facilities.

"Council have worked well with our partners, the steering group and all involved in this project and now we are seeing it moving along to the next stage and hopefully it won't be long before completion."

Mary Hunter, Chair of Derry and Strabane Rural Partnership said: "The LAG is delighted to see work commencing on this project which will be hugely beneficial to the community of Newbuildings. The project will make the site more accessible to the community and potentially provide a real hub for the people of Newbuildings in terms of sporting events, community events and as a place to engage in and promote healthy active lifestyles." 

Peter Allen, Vice Chairman of Newbuildings Cricket Club, said they are looking forward to seeing the end product.

"It is great to see this work getting started not just for ourselves at Newbuildings Cricket Club, but for everyone in our local community.

"We want this to be a space that is welcoming and accessible to all – younger and older generations, parents and children, and everyone in the Newbuildings area."

Gordon Moore, Chairperson of the Newbuildings Community and Environment Association added: "We have been delighted to be part of this project and to now see the works coming to fruition.

"We look forward to the months ahead and to having a finished facility which will be welcomed by all in Newbuildings."