Work begins on outdoor seating and dining area on Bishop Street
The work is being carried out under the Covid Recovery Revitalization Scheme, which is supported by funding from the Department of Communities.
The program examines initiatives to revitalize cities and town centers emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a series of environmental and infrastructural improvements as well as an ambitious support plan to help businesses.
As part of the plans, there will be the creation of a temporary public space that will enhance the character of Bishop Street, with new outdoor seating and outdoor dining space that will help local businesses in the area by attracting increased footfall and offering more amenities for customers to enjoy.
The temporary pilot will be 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 will last approximately seven weeks and Council has advised that disruption to businesses, pedestrians and traffic will be kept to a minimum during this time.
Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey said: “The funding my ministry has provided through the Covid Recovery Revitalization Project continues to help our towns and cities as they seek to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
“These works on the public realm in Bishop Street in Derry will give the area a welcome boost, providing an outdoor dining space where people can socialize and regenerate the area after a difficult few years.
“This is another example of the type of interventions that are being carried out with funding from my department to meet local needs. The Council has worked closely with merchants in the development of this particular initiative which aims to attract people in the region, to support local merchants and stimulate the local economy.
Downtown redevelopment projects for post-COVID
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councilor Sandra Duffy said: ‘This work in Bishop Street is one of many initiatives we are carrying out as part of the Covid Recovery Revitalization Program – looking at innovative and tangible ways we can support our local businesses as they continue their recovery from the extremely difficult time of the pandemic.
“We want to restore confidence in the town center and attract greater footfall, which includes promoting a pedestrian-friendly environment in our historic walled town. I appeal to the public to be patient while works are made on these plans and soon enough this area of our downtown will be transformed.”
Due to the expansion of the roadway as part of the project, a small number of on-street parking spaces will not be available, however, there will still be approximately 450 off-street and on-street parking spaces available for use in the vicinity local. Additional accessible parking will also be available at the Bishop Street car park.
Work on Bishop Street is expected to last seven weeks. For any other questions, please contact [email protected]