Work begins on new facilities for flood-wrecked playgroup

Thursday, 14 June 2018

A PLUMBRIDGE playgroup destroyed by freak flooding last summer has secured enough funding to build a new facility with work now underway and continuing on the site.
The premises in which the Jack and Jill Community Playgroup operated was virtually wiped out during the unprecedented flooding in August last year when a tsunami of flood water swept through the village.
The playgroup suffered catastrophic damage to its building and exterior areas after it was submerged in 12 ft of water with resources and play equipment washed away in the torrents.
Since then, the community group - which has been operating for over 30 years providing a much needed service in the Plumbridge and Cranagh areas - has utilised Glenelly House as a temporary base.
This week it has been confirmed that funding secured via a number of channels  combined with community fundraising efforts has raised enough to cover the project costs of the provision of a new portacabin.
The new unit - now in situ - is located on derelict land close to the Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) owned Multi-Games Use Area (MUGA) grounds in the village.
Council has confirmed it will own the premises, however the Jack and Jill Community Playgroup, through a lease agreement, will run the facility.
Work is continuing on the site with the playgroup's new premises expected to be up and running and fully operational in September - a year on from the devastation wreaked by the flash flooding.
Yesterday (Tuesday), a spokesperson for the council said it has continued to work in close partnership with the playgroup and outlined details of the project.
She explained: "In addition to finding them alternative premises the council has assisted the group source funding of around 60,000 to secure new premises. It is hoped the new portacabin and grounds will be ready for the new school year in September.
“This project was part-funded under Priority 6 (LEADER) of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the European Union.
“Funding has also been secured from a number of bodies including the Derry City and Strabane District Council, the Big Lottery 'Awards for All' project and Jack and Jill Community Playgroup."
Full story in this week's Strabane Weekly News...


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