Sports Minister allocates £2million to Daisyfield
Stormont press release - Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has confirmed that £2million is being allocated to the Daisyfield/Showgrounds elements of the Foyle Valley Gateway Masterplan in Derry, as part of the regeneration of the Brandywell and surrounding area.
The news has been welcomed by Derry Mayor Councillor Martin Reilly who said the funding would significantly assist the Council and other agencies in their regeneration plans.
Speaking today, Minister Ní Chuilín said: “In response to a question by Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney, I am pleased to confirm this week that DCAL will invest at least £2million towards the Daisyfield/Showgrounds as part of City of Culture capital legacy projects in 2014/15.
“The investment is being made under DCAL’s top priority ‘To Promote Equality and tackle Poverty and Social Exclusion’, and on the basis of targeting public resources at sectors of greatest inequality in areas of greatest objective need. The Brandywell area of Derry is one of the most deprived in the North.
“It is essential that the City of Culture vision impacts meaningfully throughout the city and surrounding counties in coming years, and I am determined to make this happen. Additional money will continue to be sought over the same period for a range of other capital projects in Derry and neighbouring counties.”
Derry City Council has already committed £2.7million to the redevelopment of the Brandywell Stadium as part of the Foyle Valley Gateway Masterplan and as part of its long term legacy commitment to the area. Mayor Reilly said DCAL and Derry City Council have been working closely to secure monies as part of its commitment 'To Promote Equality and Tackle Poverty and Social Exclusion' and were delighted that initial money was now available for the redevelopment of the Daisyfield.
Mayor Reilly commented: "This is a great news story for Derry and a great example of partnership working. This funding will have a massive impact in terms of promoting social inclusion and tackling areas of deprivation in our city. This is much needed investment for the area and sees the start of the first phase of wider regeneration work in the Brandywell and surrounding areas."
In addition Derry City Council are in advance discussions with DSD, through the North West Development Office regarding the proposed development of the riverside park from Craigavon Bridge to Daisyfield. This proposal is subject to an outline business case and departmental approval but signifies a huge level of commitment from all organisations working together on delivery of the Foyle Valley Gateway Masterplan and for a better future for the city.
Welcoming the announcement, Triax Strategy Manager Charles Lamberton said: “Triax Neighbourhood Partnership Board are delighted to hear this news and the continued commitment from the Minister Carál Ní Chuilín to support for the Foyle Valley Gateway Catalyst Project. The redevelopment of the Daisyfield and Showgrounds will provide much needed facilities in the area and will be the first phase of the wider regeneration of the Brandywell and surrounding areas. A number of other projects emanating for the FVG Masterplan are currently being worked up and we are hopeful of more announcements in the not too distant future.”
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