LONDONDERRY Mayor Kevin Campbell has welcomed the completion of Phase III of the civil engineering and landscaping works, carried out to extend available burial ground at the City Cemetery, Lone Moor Road.
A final section, phase IV, will commence in early 2014 bringing the extension of the City Cemetery to a close.
“We are delighted with the completed work, which contributes to the phased development of the cemetery and forms part of the City Engineer’s Departmental Annual Service Plan for 2012/13,” said Mr Campbell.
“The complex remodelling of the previously steeply sloped site has created an additional 1200 burial plots, all of which are accessible to persons with restricted mobility.
“The project has also been the spur for the restoration of the historic gardens adjacent to the cemetery church building, which is now available to the public as an area of quiet reflection when visiting the City Cemetery.
“The completion of the work coincides with the recent launch of the visitor guide and map of the City Cemetery, which offers a new perspective to tourists on the headstones and history of those buried in this 19th Century cemetery,” he added.
The completion of Phase III works was marked at the City Cemetery with the official opening of the restored ‘Chapel Garden’ by the Mayor.
The designers and contractors commissioned by Derry City Council, Newtownstewart Construction , Doran Consulting and MWA respectively, were applauded for their work.
John Kelpie, Strategic Director, Derry City Council said: “The Principal Contractor has carried out the works diligently and to a very high standard of workmanship.
“We are delighted that the civil engineering and landscaping work at the cemetery has been finished on budget and six weeks ahead of the original contract completion date.”
As part of the recent extension works, traffic calming measures have also been installed on the main avenue and new public toilets, car parking, seating and litter bins have been provided within the new burial area.
For more information contact City Cemetery Management on 02871362615.