Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed the news of a pilot project to introduce a number of measures in Derry City centre to improve facilities for pedestrians and increase public space.
The Foyle MLA who sits on the Infrastructure Committee said “I welcome the measures announced to improve facilities for pedestrians and increase public space in the heart of our city centre which will see a One-way system from Carlisle Road through to Ferryquay Gate into the Diamond. There will also be the widening of footpaths and new street furniture.
“Another exciting aspect of this pilot scheme will be the Parklets (sidewalk extension that provides more space and amenities – seats for people using the street) on Bishop Street to facilitate outdoor trading opportunities for café-type businesses. This will hopefully breathe new life in our city centre , help local businesses and provide good socially distanced space as we ease out of lockdown and help the economic recovery.
“These measures will last for 18 months with the possibility of extending further if supported.
“We also need to ensure that any changes are flexible and are co-designed with all stakeholders, including local businesses and residents.
“I want to pay tribute to the Council, the Executive Departments and the City Centre Initiative who have all worked collectively to get this project across the line.