COUNCIL is currently considering an entirely new funding submission for the beleaguered Riverine Project.
Revealed to this newspaper after officers from Derry City and Strabane and Donegal County councils met with SEUPB (Special European Union Programmes Body) officials on Riverine following its latest failed bid, the resubmission could replace the possibility of an appeal against the decision.
Last month’s set-back is the third the project has faced since it was first mooted in 2010 and in monetary terms, this most recent strikeout could result in the loss of up to 8.5million Euro.
“Both the lead project partner Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council are actively exploring a number of potential options for how to respond to the recent feedback from SEUPB that the Riverine funding application had been unsuccessful,” a spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council explained.
“Officers have recently met with the funder SEUPB as part of this exercise. One of the options is the re-submission of the project to the PEACE IV Shared Spaces Programme which opened for applications on March 16 and both councils are focussing on this.
“Both councils recognise the great significance of the Riverine project to the Strabane and Lifford areas and remain fully committed to progressing this project to delivery.”
Billed as “an iconic shared space that is non-contentious and non-sectarian through the border riverside areas,” among the Riverine proposals tabled were the development of cycle paths, a pedestrian bridge between Strabane and Lifford, a green area, public art and interactive play areas.