Canal facility remains in limbo

The public toilets on the canal walkway which have never been opened. DR33

Despite it having been installed at Strabane canal towpath over two years ago, there is still no timeframe for opening the facility’s toilet block.

A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council this week confirmed that the toilet block will remain closed until further notice.


The hold-up is apparently the installation of electricity at the amenity.

The spokesperson explained, “Work is ongoing at the toilet block to facilitate the installation of electricity and to ensure it fully complies with environmental standards. The block will remain closed to the public until this work is carried out.”

However two years ago last July, council proffered the same excuse.

At that time (July 2015) the toilets were awaiting planning permission for the supply of electricity and following that installation “it will be opened thereafter,” a statement from the local authority suggested.

It is now five years since Strabane canal towpath was re-opened to runners, cyclists and walkers with plans unveiled to substantially enhance the area further.

While much good work has been done, those using the canal say recent developments do not go far enough.

“It’s not good enough,” independent councillor at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Patsy Kelly said.

“The electricity poles are already there so what’s the hold up?

“I have asked this question at council before but no-one has been able to come back with an answer. Users of the canal have also spoken to me about it. Why has council not made any headway with the toilets?

“The canal is a great place for a walk but there is a real lack of facilities.

“Definitely this is something I plan on raising again at council.”


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