Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has said that new life needs to be breathed into the former shops complex at Meenan Square beside the Lecky Road Flyover.
Councillor Logue said “We all know about the demise of the shops complex there over recent years. The building is in a sorry looking state and has been a magnet for all sorts of anti-community activity. It’s the first sight that greets motorists coming off the Lecky Road Flyover and is right on the doorstep of local residents.
There has been some good work done to clean up the old shop fronts but you can only do that for so long. I meet people on a daily basis who ask me as an elected representative for the area what can be done to turn this around and put it back to good use.
I believe we need to work collectively to address this and breathe new life into the area. This site was once the vibrant heartbeat of the Bogside with many local businesses and services.
It has the potential to become the catalyst for change in this community and bring employment opportunities.
It would also come at a time when the new building at the Museum of Free Derry is at an advanced stage and just across the road from Meenan Square we have the recently opened Áras Cholmcille The St Columba Heritage centre.
It is vitally important that this complex is brought into public or community ownership for the greater good of the community and the residents that live close by.
The area has recently been designated as an Urban Village by OFMDFM and the measure of the success of this initiative will be the regeneration of Meenan Park.