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Ferguson says greenway can improve physical and mental health of local people, as Council passes her motion

Alliance Derry City and Strabane Councillor Rachael Ferguson has said the physical and mental health of people in the area will be improved by the construction of a greenway in Strathfoyle, after the Council backed her motion calling on Executive Departments to work together to progress one.

The motion called on the Departments of Infrastructure, Communities and Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs to work together with Derry City and Strabane District Council to commit to progressing the next stage of the Strathfoyle Greenway. The planning permission for the work was first granted in 2012.

“This has been long in the making, with plans first discussed with the local community over eight years ago. It has been a priority for them since, particularly as we have seen other greenways achieving fantastic results,” said Councillor Ferguson.

“Greenways provide an essential role in our society – not only providing people with an option to use it for active travel to school and work, while connecting more rural areas, but also recreation, bringing benefits such as improved mental health, better physical health and helping to fight to solve our climate emergency.

“We need the support of the Executive Departments to help us progress the Strathfoyle Greenway and so I was pleased to see the other parties on the Council support my motion. It is another important step to help us improve the health and well-being of everyone across the entire district.”