Waterside needs improved tourist product
Sinn Féin Foyle Assembly election candidate and Councillor Lynn Fleming has called for an urgent review of facilities available for visiting tourists in the Waterside area of Derry. She also said that there needs to be a plan of action to ensure that the Waterside gets its fair share of the tourist trade.
Councillor Fleming said
"In terms of visitor attractions, the Waterside lags behind the Cityside. Prehen House and Riverwatch (part of the Loughs Agency) lie outside the main Waterside area. The only attraction at the heart of the Waterside is the Workhouse museum which covers the famine/Workhouse period (1840's) and the WWII Battle of the Atlantic.
"The city is crying out for a major attraction on emigration/famine history but it is unlikely a suitable site would be found in the city centre. This opens up the opportunity for a new site to be constructed on the Waterside which could tie into the proposals for the Saint Columba statue on the river and the possibility of a ferry to take passengers out to the site. The vacant land at Ebrington could be key to a realisation of those plans.
"The Prehen boathouse which is currently owned by the WELB is a complete eyesore and sends out the entirely wrong message of the city we are trying to promote. There could be an opportunity for re-development of the boathouse for marine activity. This would give a much-needed boost to the traders in Duke Street and Spencer Road.
"It's a disgrace that such a natural asset as the River Foyle is so underused .We should be doing all we can to raise its level of profile to attract investors and showcasing the areas' potential." ENDS