Bishop Street outdoor patio and dining room work completed

Work on a new outdoor seating and dining area on Bishop Street in the city has been completed.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councilor Sandra Duffy unveiled the new outdoor space to the public.

The new seating area was created to help local businesses in the area attract increased footfall and more conveniences for customers

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

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.

A Council spokesman said: “As part of the 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 of the area to attract increased footfall and more amenities for customers.

“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.

“Work on the project took place during the summer period with some minor disruption to businesses, pedestrians and traffic during this period.”

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

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councilor Sandra Duffy, welcoming the completion of the works, 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 downtown. 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 of making 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.”

The works saw a small number of on-street parking spaces temporarily unavailable.

The spokesperson added: “There are still approximately 450 off-street and on-street parking spaces available for use in the local vicinity. Additional accessible parking spaces are also available at the Bishop Street car park.”

Anyone with questions regarding the program can contact the team at [email protected]

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