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Mayor Encourages People to Donate Pre-loved Bikes

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, has urged local people to do their bit for the planet by donating pre-loved bikes to New2You at Pennyburn Recycling Centre.

Donated bikes will be safely recycled and reused as part of Bike Week which takes place from Sunday 30th May until Sunday 6th June. It is being run as a pilot by Zero Waste North West, New2You, North West Greenway Network, The Bike General, and Derry City and Strabane District Council and is part of our new designation as a Zero Waste City Region.

A sample of the bikes rescued and ready for sale will be on display in Ebrington on Saturday 5th June as part of a day of activities hosted by The North West Greenway Network.  

Welcoming the initiative, Mayor Tierney said: “It is fantastic to see this collaboration and common purpose amongst local groups to improve people’s access to bikes and to rescuing these from landfill.

“This really is our circular economy strategy in practice, and I would encourage anyone with an unused bike lying about the house to donate it as it would make the world of difference to someone who is going without.

“I’d also urge people to get out and about on their bikes, whether it be for commuting or leisure, enjoying the quality greenway network we have on our doorstep.”

Jim Keys from Zero Waste North West added: “The physical, mental and environmental health benefits of cycling have long been evident.  If you’ve ever tried it, you will still know the thrill of suddenly achieving balance between your body, the bike and the earth and you were cycling!  Gliding seemingly effortlessly as the seat takes your weight. Moving at speed, hovering between earth and sky. It’s exhilarating!  

“Despite what bikes promise and deliver, sadly all too often they end up neglected, abandoned to the elements, rusting away in back yards and garden sheds.  Their vocation wasted! During this Bike Week we are asking citizens to bring their pre-loved bikes to New 2 You, Pennyburn where our members will collect them, get them safety checked and bring them back to life ready for sale.”

Bikes can be left at New2You at Pennyburn Recycling Centre between 2pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday. For further information see   

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Advice and Support Available as Part of Alcohol Awareness Week

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, has said being aware of recommended limits and the effects of alcohol, and education around the potential dangers of alcohol, is extremely important.

The message comes as part of Alcohol Awareness Week, which takes place from Monday 14th to Sunday 20th June. It is supported by the Public Health Agency and the five Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams and centres around encouraging people to take a closer look at their drinking habits by counting their units to see if they’re staying within the recommended weekly limits.

Mayor Warke said that taking some time to evaluate personal alcohol consumption is recommended.

“Many people like to enjoy alcohol in moderation, but sometimes it can be very easy to find yourself consuming more than is recommended without even realising.

“This can have a negative impact on both mental and physical health, so it’s hugely important that everyone consuming alcohol is aware of the legal age, the recommended limits and is checking in on how that measures up with their own habits.

“The stresses and challenges of the past 16 months, and how much we have all been staying at home, may have led to some people drinking more alcohol than they typically would have before, so Alcohol Awareness Week this year is a particularly good opportunity to pick up a few helpful tips on how you can make small changes that will have a big difference in ensuring you can enjoy alcohol safely and in moderation.”

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Further Regeneration of St Columb’s Park En Route

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has announced investment of almost £230,000 for a regeneration project designed to replace a pedestrian entrance and to improve car parking facilities into St Columb’s Park. 

An investment of £183,535 from the Department for Communities, £25,000 from the Executive Office and £21,160 from Derry City and Strabane District Council will enable the improvements to commence.

This funding package will see the creation of a new pedestrian entrance opposite the Peace Tree, giving better and safer access/egress to St Columb’s Park from Ebrington Estate and wider links to the Waterside and City Centre. The car park will be resurfaced, reconfigured and realigned allowing for disabled parking and will include ramps, a new pedestrian pathway linking the car park to the new entrance and new crossing points.  Soft landscaping will further enhance the area with the planting of hedging and trees.

Minister Hargey said: “I am delighted to announce this funding which will progress and complement the continued regeneration of St Columb’s Park.  This project will enhance this stunning public amenity providing a safer, welcoming space for wellbeing, where we can walk, cycle and enjoy the extensive green space benefiting both the local community and visitors to the area.

“My Department continues to support our town and city centres recover from the impacts of Covid-19 and with increased usage over the past year it is more important than ever to invest in our cities green spaces.”

Welcoming the news, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Brian Tierney said: “I very much welcome the announcement of this funding which will enable us to finish works at the gateway to our beautiful St Columb’s Park, complementing the landscaping already completed on the Avenue. It will make accessing the park easier and more visually attractive for local people and visitors alike.

“Council continues to prioritise and invest in green space provision across the City and District and to identify opportunities to develop and enhance our green infrastructure to benefit the health, wellbeing and convenience of everyone. I want to thank our partners in the Department and The Executive Office, and commend everyone involved in the fantastic work on this project to date.”​

This project has been jointly developed by The Executive Office and Derry City and Strabane District Council.  The project will be managed by the Council who have already successfully completed a number of public realm projects in this beautiful park. 

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