Anderson hopeful for Greenhaw Lodge resolution
There is renewed hope that the Greenhaw Lodge dispute could be resolved in the near future, Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has revealed.
Ms. Anderson commented:
"There has been a huge deal of concern in Derry regarding the Western Trust's plans to relocate Greenhaw Lodge - which provides daycare for adults with learning disabilities - to Gransha Park.
"The families see this as a retrograde step and they do not believe that an institutionalised environment will be conducive to the progress of their loved ones.
"Therefore, I raised this matter directly with the Minister and the Western Trust and tabled a motion calling on the Assembly to debate this proposal.
"I have now been informed that the decision to relocate has been deferred until after Christmas. That is a welcome reprieve for the families and I also understand that moves are ongoing behind-the-scenes to try and identify an alternative and suitable solution.
"It is quite clear that the proposal to move to Gransha is unacceptable and I will continue to lobby for this plan to be scrapped.
"We now have some valuable breathing space between now and Christmas and I am calling on the Trust to use that time constructively to identify a solution which is acceptable to all." CRÍOCH