Sinn Féin councillor for Rosemount and party spokesperson on City of Culture Legacy Mickey Cooper has welcomed progress on the purchase of £20,000 of digital equipment for the Rosemount factory to allow residents of the Outer West area (including the Glen, Rosemount, Hazelbank and Ballymagroarty) to access state of the art digital equipment to build their capacity and achieve accreditation’s in STEM subjects.
He said it was the first milestone in two years of work involving himself, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) ,the Nerve Centre and the local Neighbourhood Renewal boards to establish digital cultural hubs:
“I am delighted that we are now at the stage where the equipment for the Rosemount factory is being purchased on behalf of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL).Two years ago, when discussions on legacy began, I identified the need for more digital equipment and training to be delivered in community areas, including neighbourhoods like Rosemount, the Glen, Hazelbank and Ballymagroarty in the Outer West area where no such facilities existed.
As a result of extensive work with DCAL, the Nerve Centre and the NR boards over £200,000 has been earmarked to purchase equipment across the NR areas in the North West. £20,000 of this money has been allocated to the Outerwest area to install an Apple Mac suite of 5 workstations with Adobe Photoshop software, a video Editing suite with camera equipment and a Music Production studio fully equipped with musical equipment and recording facilities to allow local musicians and bands to record their own material. A further £5,000 will be allocated for the installation of the equipment within the Rosemount factory building.
The equipment is scheduled for installation by the spring/summer of 2015. As well as timetabling the use of the hub to allow general, diversionary and recreational use by local residents, I am also working with a range of partners to explore the roll out of accredited IT courses to build capacity and also give residents the opportunity to get back on the educational ladder and increase their employment prospects.
In the meantime, I look forward to residents availing of the equipment and to bring life back to the historic Rosemount factory building which has lain semi-dormant for many years. Once opened in the summer this project, combined with the Creggan Burn Park, Brooke Park and Glen regeneration will be transformational for the Glen and Rosemount areas