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McCausland sews seed of regeneration in Creggan with £250,000 investment

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Social Development

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced funding of £250,000 for the regeneration of a derelict site at Inveroe Gardens in the Creggan Estate, Londonderry.

The funding will be used to transform the derelict site into a landscaped park, creating a vibrant, safer and attractive community space. The new park will also have a central meeting space connected by a network of lit paths, seating, trees and an extended car park area.

Announcing the funding Minister McCausland said: “This exciting project will provide a new green space creating a new focal point for local residents and helping to improve the quality of life of the community. 

“The park will complement a previous investment by the Northern Ireland Executive through my Department at the nearby Healthy Living Centre and refurbished Synthetic Pitch. 

“It will also make a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the area, removing an eye-sore and helping to address social exclusion and reduction in crime levels.”

The project, which is being delivered and managed by the City Council of Londonderry is planned to commence in March 2014.

Mayor Cllr Martin Reilly welcomed this announcement today saying: “I am delighted that this significant funding from the Department will be used to benefit the people of the Creggan Estate and the wider community. News that this area, which is currently waste ground, is soon to experience a transformation into a safe, landscaped meeting space is widely supported. Under their Parks Development Programme, Derry City Council as partner and part funder of this project will be eager to ensure the plans are in place for delivery of this regeneration project and want to thank the Social Development Department for their Neighbourhood Renewal investment and for their vision for the Triax area.”

Inveroe Gardens is located in the Triax Neighbourhood Renewal Area in Londonderry. Kevin Campbell Development Worker, Triax Neighbourhood Management Team stated: "The Triax Team welcomes the fact that DSD has agreed to fund this proposal and to move the regeneration of Inveroe forward. The Neighbourhood Management Team has been working for some time with the residents and Derry City Council alongside Department for Social Development to have this part of Creggan regenerated. The residents and Triax team are looking forward to continuing work with these organizations and local people to realise the implementation of the scheme."

Notes to editors:

1. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy ‘People and Place’ was published in June 2003 to close the gap between the quality of life for people in the most deprived neighbourhoods and the rest of society. The Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy has four interlinking strategic objectives:

· Community Renewal – to develop confident communities that are able and committed to improving the quality of life in their areas.
· Economic Renewal – to develop economic activity in the most deprived neighbourhoods and connect them to the wider urban economy.
· Social Renewal – to improve social conditions for the people who live in the most deprived neighbourhoods through better co-ordinated public services and the creation of safer environments.
· Physical Renewal – to help create attractive, safe and sustainable environments in the most deprived neighbourhoods. 

2. Inveroe Gardens is located in the Triax Neighbourhood Renewal Area in Londonderry. Triax Neighbourhood Renewal Area is one of the top 10% most deprived areas in Northern Ireland.

3. The overall cost of the scheme is approximately £280,000 of which the Northern Ireland Executive through DSD will provide £250,000 and Derry City Council is providing £30,000.

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