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Public asked to support Riverine proposal

One of the initial artist’s impressions  of how the Riverine Project might look.

Local people are being encouraged to have their say on the major ‘Riverine Project,’ by taking part in an online survey.

PEOPLE living in the Strabane and Lifford areas are being encouraged to have their say on the major ‘Riverine Project,’ by taking part in an online survey.

West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle is encouraging the local community to “take ownership” of the proposed Riverine Project by participating in an recently launched online survey which she says will “not only show support for the project but help shape the final make-up of the project”.

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“The Riverine Project would totally transform the landscape and land use over and along the banks of the Foyle and create an outstanding visual and leisure amenity,” said Ms Boyle.

“As well as that it would act as a shared space for local people and visitors alike, which any region on these islands would be justifiably proud of.”

“These exciting plans,” continued Ms Boyle, “include a raised pedestrian bridge, a rope bridge feature, amazing play amenity facilities, wetland and woodland walk areas, a visitor centre, parking provision and much more with the planned integration into the wider pedestrian and cycle paths under the Greenway Projects.

“These plans are impressive in every respect and I believe that this visionary and transformative Riverine Project application more than meets the regionally significant criteria for its portion of the Peace IV EU funding and will be enthusiastically received by the decision makers.”

The proposed Riverine concept plans comprise 47 acres covering two currently unused open natural spaces, including a partially covered outdoor public events space, community building and a world class play experience, radiating out into shared parkland featuring walkways, river access and parking.

If taken to the next stage the area will also benefit from new enhanced infrastructure, including a cross-border greenway network connecting Lifford and Strabane, as well as a cross border pedestrian bridge linking the towns. The space will span either side of the banks of the River Foyle in Lifford and Strabane which will be interconnected by a community footbridge.

Derry City and Strabane District Council in partnership with Donegal County Council have now jointly submitted a Stage I application under the Peace IV Shared Space and Services Programme following a jointly managed community consultation which helped shape the ambitious new vision for the area.

Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock is also encouraging public participation in the survey. “Public feedback would greatly assist in leveraging the required funding to progress to the next phase of the project,” she said.

“The Riverine Project is an exciting proposal for both council areas, potentially providing an entire new community infrastructure which can be shared by all those living in close proximity to the border. The project offers the opportunity to completely transform the area and enhance its profile as an attractive visitor destination.

“By going online people can highlight the priorities of those living and working in the area, and show their support for the project. This support will underscore the need for such a cross-border facility and strengthen the case for further significant investment and development of the project.”

• The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WPNVFMX.

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