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Raymond McCartney visits Galliagh Development Trust

23 February, 2007


Raymond McCartney MLA has undertaken a day-long series of engagements and visits within Galliagh and the Greater Shantallow area. Speaking after these engagements, Mr. McCartney said that he was very encouraged by the work being carried out by Galliagh Development Trust.

He commented, "It goes without saying that there is a clear and identifiable need for facilities and proper community infrastructure within the Galliagh area.

During the day, Mr. McCartney visited one of the potential sites for development in the area stating, "The Trust's proposal for a modern, state of the art, environmentally friendly building will offer recreation and leisure space, plus the associated community services such as; much needed Welfare Rights advice and advocacy provision, allied to youth facilities, crèche provision, arts and cultural space, Good Morning Northwest and women's provision.

"I know that the Trust's proposals for a multi-purpose building and an associated development plan are well advanced and will ultimately bring much needed amenities and facilities to the Galliagh area.

Mr. McCartney went on to say, "There is now an opportunity to bring together all of the community and voluntary groups that are operating from different houses and flats in the area, under the one roof within a purpose built facility."

Mr. McCartney also expressed a particular interest in the Play Strategy to create important themed play facilities in the area.

"I recognise that this is a collective endeavour on the part of all of those who work in the area and that their ambitious plans are being considered in the context of the neighbourhood renewal plans for the Outer North Area, with the potential to act as a wider service provider for the Greater Shantallow area. However, this proposal will require considerable support from government and other statutory providers and funders"

Following his visits, Mr. McCartney paid tribute to all of those organisations working within the area and commended them on the worthwhile services that they provide to the local community.


In conclusion, Mr. McCartney said, "I would call upon those with the statutory responsibility to support this innovative and comprehensive development plan, help to begin a new phase of community renewal and bring an end to a generation of neglect and lack of investment in the area." ENDS

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