£500,000 for Fountain and Bogside village

The Fountain Estate, Derry. DER2715MC020
The Fountain Estate, Derry. DER2715MC020

Half a million pounds was allocated towards a new urban village at the Fountain/Bogside interface and this will be used to fund six projects this year including public realm improvements and a play park.

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey said: “Six projects are being taken forward in the Bogside and Fountain urban village area in 2015-16, including two public realm schemes, shop frontage improvements, a play park, the renovation of a community centre and traffic safety initiatives.

“In addition, a number of longer-term proposals are being developed.”

Speaking in the Stormont Assembly on Monday, Mr Storey explained: “The urban villages initiative is being led by the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. DSD has been supporting the urban villages initiative through submitting, in early May, a bid for funding at the June monitoring round for a number of projects in Belfast and Londonderry totalling £2·1 million.”