30 year campaign for Top of the Hill community facility –Jackson

Speaking following a meeting of the  the governance and strategic planning committee at Derry City and Strabane District  Council last night which signed off on bringing the new community centre in Top of the Hill to detailed design stage.waterside 2

Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson said “The community in Top of the Hill have been campaigning for a purpose built community centre for almost 30 years and this signals a statement of intent that the new council is serious about providing facilities in an area that has been neglected for years.

Over recent months we have seen a significant focus on the area from a number of agencies, and although this is welcome, we need to continue to work together to ensure that we see delivery on the ground.

Due to the lack of community facilities in Top of the Hill, the community relied heavily on Immaculate Conception College. The school closure has left community, youth and sporting groups in the area struggling to find facilities to run programs and events.

A new community centre is long overdue and this is a significant milestone on the road to making this a reality.