The Foyle MLA was commenting after leading a delegation of Education Authority officials, including the Director of Youth Services, to the Outer North area.
“It was a positive meeting which gave the community an opportunity to highlight the needs of the young people and groups in the area.
“Community organisations have a number of transformation plans in the place for the area and continue to work in conjunction with the Education Authority, particularly on education and youth programmes.
“Over two years ago, I established a working group following concerns about the lack of new community facilities to meet the surge in new families moving in to recently built houses in the area.
“It’s vital that when and much needed social houses are built, new community facilities are factored in as part of any planning.
“We will continue to work with all partners to progress to ensure there is proper community facilities developed to meet the high demand in Outer North area,” added the Foyle MLA.