New outdoor seating and dining areas in Bishop Street in Derry completed

The new infrastructure aims to promote a pedestrian-friendly environment and support local businesses was unveiled to the public by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Sandra Duffy today.

The work was carried out as part of the Covid Recovery Revitalization Programme, which is supported by funding from the Department of Communities.

Other recently completed outdoor seating/dining areas are located at Waterloo Street, the Diamond, Waterloo Place and along the Lower Quay.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Sandra Duffy at the launch of the Bishop Street Parklets, with left to right Jim Roddy, Town Center Manager, Adam Goodall, DCSDC, Paul McCole, Owner of Sandwich Company, Tony Monaghan, DCSDC, Colin Greer, Department of Communities, and William Doherty, entrepreneur. (Photo – Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

The program is part of a package of interventions to revitalize downtowns emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, including environmental and infrastructural improvements as well as a business support plan.

As part of the innovative design, a temporary public space has been created to enhance the character of Bishop Street, with the creation of new outdoor seating and outdoor dining areas to help local businesses in the area attract increased footfall and more amenities for customers to enjoy.

The temporary pilot is in place for an initial trial period of 18 months and is among projects initially launched and consulted by Derry City and Strabane District Council in 2021 as part of its Streetlife & Vibrant Places strategy.

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Mayor Sandra Duffy at the launch of the Bishop Street Parklets, with, left to right, Colin Greer, DFC, Jim Roddy, Town Center Manager, Tony Monaghan, DCSDC, and Connor Allen, Owner, Brøn. (Photo – Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said: “The funding my department has made available to councils through the Covid Recovery Revitalization Project continues to help our towns and villages as they continue to recover. recover from the effects of the pandemic.

“Completing the work in Bishop Street in Derry will provide an outdoor dining space where people can meet and socialize safely, increasing footfall and regenerating the area.

“This is one of many programs that have been put in place with funding from my ministry to meet local needs, support businesses and spur much-needed growth in the local economy.”

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councilor Sandra Duffy, welcoming the completion of the work, said: “Bishop Street is a busy and popular commercial thoroughfare and this work is a really positive way to support businesses in this part of town. center as they continue their recovery from the extremely difficult time of the pandemic. We hope this investment will not only help restore confidence in the city center and attract greater footfall, but will also reinforce the message to make our city center more pedestrian-friendly in our historic walled city. I think it creates a very sociable and friendly space where friends and family can gather in a safe outdoor environment while supporting local businesses.

Mayor Sandra Duffy at the launch of the Bishop Street Parklets, with, left to right, Colin Greer, DFC, Paul McCole, owner of Sandwich Company. (Photo – Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

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