O’Neill opens Lettershandoney Play Park
Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Michelle O’Neill has officially opened Lettershandoney Play Park in Derry.
~ Wednesday, 22 May 2013
The play-park was developed by Derry City Council with financial assistance of £136,510 from Axis 3 of the Rural Development Programme through assisting rural communities, North West (ARC NW).
Speaking at the opening the Minister said: “This facility in Lettershandoney will encourage physical activity in a fun, stimulating environment and provide a range of play choices in an enhanced play experience for young people throughout the area. It is a pleasure to witness first-hand how financial assistance from the RDP has benefited a local community.”
The Minister continued: “The play-park will contribute to one of the key targets of the Rural Development Programme benefitting children and young people. This is a good example of working in partnership with the Council to deliver benefits for the local community.”
The Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and over this period is worth £500million to the north.
Notes to editors:
- Lettershandoney is situated within Derry City Council, and is a small village and townland in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, three miles from Drumahoe. In the 2011 Census it had a population of 506 people. This project is led and managed by Derry City Council in partnership with Lettershandoney & District Development Group.
- Derry City Council received a Letter of Offer for £136,510.50 representing 75% of the project cost of £182,014 was awarded by ARC NW to Derry City Council under Axis 3, Measure 3.4 “Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Population” - with Derry City Council providing the remaining 25% funding. The play park will provide a range of play choices in a stimulating, challenging and enhanced play experience for the children of the Lettershandoney area. In addition, the Axis 3 “Quality of Life” has a 5% target for programme expenditure to benefit children and young people. Project’s such as this play park will contribute to meeting this target.
- ARC NW cluster is responsible for delivery of Axis 3 ‘Quality of Life’ Measures of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 on behalf of DARD. ARC NW has an allocation of £17,101,867.
- Axis 3 of the RDP contains the following measures:
Diversification into non-agricultural activities – Farm Diversification
Business creation and development
Encouragement of tourism activities
Basic services for the economy and rural population
Village renewal and development
Conservation and upgrading of the rural heritage
- Local councils came together in clusters to deliver the Axis 3 ‘quality of life’ measures of the Programme on a sub-regional basis, and seven clusters were formed. Each cluster works with a Local Action Group ensuring bottom-up delivery with local people responsible for local decisions.
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