Lack of signage hitting Derry’s tourism infrastructure
Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has called for extra signage and interpretative aids for the Bogside, Brandywell, Creggan and Fountain all of which are located in the Triax area to assist the growing number of tourists who are seeking to explore the rich political history associated with those areas.
Ms Anderson said:
"The areas of the Bogside, Brandywell, Creggan and Fountain all of which that are located in the Triax area have been identified as places in need of sustained economic development. Tourism has been identified as a key theme in this regard.
"Some signage has been erected in the Bogside area as part of the Walled City Signature Project but this is by no means sufficient in assisting the large numbers of visitors to the area interested in exploring the origins of the modern conflict and the events of the last 35 years.
"My party colleague Mary Nelis campaigned on this issue for many years but there is still no signage to point out the locations of Free Derry Corner, the Bloody Sunday Monument or the Bogside murals. The Museum of Free Derry have been able to secure some signage but I have learned that Free Derry Tours are unable to apply to DRD Roads Service for signage as they are not considered 'an attraction'. This is simply not acceptable.
"I am also aware of a number of other schemes which have been proposed for the wider Triax area. These include a proposed Heritage/Tourist trail around the Creggan area, a website showcasing the attractions and services available within the Free Derry area and a plan for a visitor map of the wider Free Derry area and Fountain. I would be hopeful that Derry City Council can offer assistance and support to these proposals which would allow visitors to actually spend time in these areas and spend money which will obviously assist their economic development." ENDS
Note to Editors
Triax is a pilot Neighbourhood Renewal Taskforce established by the North West Development Office of the Department for Social Development in June 2002. Based at Iona Business Park, Southway, the Taskforce area includes, e.g. Bogside, Brandywell, Creggan, Greater Bishop Street and The Fountain, comprising a population of some 20,000 people.