Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy commenting on the news that planning approval for a retirement village in Culmore on the site of the former Thornhill College has today been given the green light by Derry City and Strabane District Council.
Councillor Duffy said
“This is excellent news. It’s been well publicised that this site has been lying derelict for over ten years and had become a magnet for vandalism and anti-social activity particularly during the school holidays.
“The development of a modern retirement village is the ideal way to provide much needed accommodation for older members of our community. We have been saying for many years that bungalow type accommodation with permanent care and other facilities are needed in the Culmore area.
“It will also help add to the regeneration of the entire area with all the other projects currently planned such as a new community centre, the country park and a 3G pitch.
Concluding she said
“We have also been given assurances by the developers that as much as possible the work on the site will be carried out by local contractors and that they will be including an apprenticeship scheme throughout the development of the site.
“This will ensure that the local economy will benefit greatly from this project.