Connecting The City – Have Your Say!

3rd June 2011

PRESS RELEASE

June 3rd 2011

CONNECTING THE CITY – HAVE YOUR SAY!

Ilex, the urban regeneration company, today announced the launch of the Attitudinal and Resident Movement Baseline Survey which will be carried out by Social Capital (North West) C.I.C. between Thursday, June 9th and Saturday, June 12th prior to the opening of the Peace Bridge on June 25th.

The successful development of the Ebrington site depends on improving physical linkages to the city and changing attitudes in relation to East/West movement and West/East movement within Derry~Londonderry.

Michael Gallagher, Ilex’s Strategy & Regeneration Manager explained: “The survey will help us gather baseline information to monitor the extent to which new shared public space at Ebrington and elsewhere is used by everyone in the city. The Peace Bridge will be a significant new public space for all of our community and we need to ensure that it impacts positively on our daily lives”.

Welcoming the launch of the Connecting the City survey, OFMDFM Junior Minister, Martina Anderson said: “This work which is being conducted on behalf of Ilex will provide us with valuable information on the uses that residents of this city would like to see on Ebrington, enabling us to further develop our plans for this site of regional importance”.

The survey will produce detailed information on attitudes to the Peace Bridge, its contribution to use of open space including Ebrington, Guildhall Square, Waterloo Place and St Columb’s Park and also the movement of residents from the Waterside to the city side and vice versa for employment, shopping, social and leisure.

To ensure as many people as possible participate in the survey it will be carried out over a four day period from Thursday, June 9th to Saturday,  June 12th  inclusive at a number of key locations including the Peace Bridge landing point on the west bank, Lisnagelvin, Foyleside and Richmond shopping centres, Sainsbury’s, St Columb’s Park and Translink bus depot, Foyle Street.

The Peace Bridge will be officially opened on Saturday, June 25th, 3pm.

ENDS

For further information contact Mo Durkan, Ilex - 028 7126 9226 or 07917 544297. Press release and bridge images are downloadable on www.ilex-urc.com

NOTES TO EDITORS

Ebrington

Owned by OFMDFM, Ebrington (26 acres) is being regenerated as a mixed used site for a range of uses including office and commercial space, retail, residential, tourism and arts & culture.

The Parade Ground (5+ acres) is currently being re-developed as a city piazza and will be the largest public space in the city when it is launched by the end of 2011.

Social Capital (North West) CIC

Social Capital (North West) C.I.C. is a new Community Interest Company and trading subsidiary of the Greater Shantallow Area Partnership (GSAP), a local charity and community support agency operating since 1995. The group was established to meet a variety of community needs in the North West including, planning, project management, research and evaluation.