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Members approve budget to advance with St Columb’s Park Masterplan

14 April 2021

Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Environment and Regeneration Committee today approved to allocate £21, 000 to progress further with the Regeneration of St Columb’s Park

Members were informed that since the endorsement of the Regeneration Masterplan Full Planning Permission was secured for the Walled Garden (LA11/2017/0378/F), Chatam & Lavender Garden within the environs of St Columbs Park House (LA2017/1114/F) and for Acorn Farm (LA/2017/1110/F).

Substantial works to the avenue have been recently completed and tree lined with funding secured from the Department for Communities (DfC). The Walled Garden (Phase 1) has been completed with funding secured from Peace IV. To date St Columb’s Park Public Realm works has seen a  total investment of circa £1m.

The Director for Environment and Regeneration with the Council, Karen Phillips said the next phase in the development is to proceed with the enhancement of the existing car park and create a new pedestrian entrance to link St Columbs Park into the Ebrington estate. This involves the enhancement of the existing car park off St Columbs Park Road and pedestrian linkage into Ebrington at the Peace Tree.

She said the project will proceed under Permitted Development and the capital works have been costed at circa £210,000. Funding application are pending with the DfC and The Executive Office (TEO) to support the Phase 3 Public Realm Project  with a decision expected shortly.

To date The Executive Office have confirmed their funding contribution for 2021/2022. This however requires that Council invest £21,000  into the design development to take the project to site and to allow Council to progress with the project.