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Creggan Investment Call

22 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Foyle Assembly election candidate Martina Anderson has called for the statutory agencies and government departments to commit to seriously to investing in the Creggan area in a joined up approach with the community and voluntary sector and residents of the estate.

Ms Anderson said:

"This year marks the 60th anniversary for the Creggan Estate. The area and its people have been renowned for its community spirit, courage, and leadership throughout its history. The community in Creggan have always empowered themselves to tackle issues which impacted upon them throughout the years.

"When there was no community facilities they created their own, when no one would clean the streets, residents did it themselves, when other communities may have fragmented under the pressure of conflict Creggan stood together.

"I have been engaging with residents and community groups in the area, and I have been impressed by the continuing spirit and energy and excited by some of the recent developments and the ideas for future developments.

"The Creggan community has welcomed many improvements particularly the housing schemes, but the reality is that social housing is one of the key areas of need that requires urgent attention, linked into this is the regeneration of Central Drive and the wider infrastructure of the estate.

"When Creggan was built, the growth and development of the community was not a key factor this needs to be addressed through partnership and investment.

"No doubt the local community will organise a series of community events to celebrate this historical year and I welcome that. I am calling for support for the community in developing their own vision of what Creggan should be in five, ten or fifteen years time and call on the various government departments to commit resources to this vision." ENDS

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