Work on the redevelopment of the Brandywell stadium in Derry is due to begin next April, a local councillor has said.
The progress on the planned multi-million pound regeneration of area has been described as “great news.”
Sinn Fein Cllr Patricia Logue was speaking after attending an update meeting at the Long Tower Youth and Community Centre.
The project will see redevelopments in the Brandywell Stadium and the provision of a brand new leisure centre to replace the old Brandywell Centre and a complete revamp of the Daisyfield, with new pitches, changing facilities, floodlights and parking.
The development will also incorporates a brand new £400,000 playpark.
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Logue said: “The full plans for the entire development of the Brandywell, the Showgrounds and the Daisyfield have been a long time coming but its brilliant that we are now at this stage”
“I have campaigned for many years to see the Brandywell, Showground and Daisyfield developed and it is great news to see this campaign coming to fruition.
“Sinn Féin Culture Minister, Carál NiChuilín and Joint First Minister Martin McGuinness have through their departments allocated more than £4,000,000 to this project and as a Sinn Féin councillor I am glad to see this investment in the Brandywell.
Cllr Logue concluded: “At the meeting I made it clear that it is Sinn Féin’s preference that social clauses and local suppliers are maximised and I am looking forward to the appointment of the Project Design Team this side of Christmas.
“Work on the stadium should start in April 2015 and the Showgrounds and Daisyfield works will follow on from that.”
Cllr Logue concluded: “At the completion of this development the residents of the Brandywell will have access to a brand new leisure centre, 2 synthetic pitches and a state of the art play park that will rival any in the city.”Tags: