Riverine Project set to be given green light

Riverine Project set to be given green light
Ciara Maguire


Ciara Maguire



ANTICIPATION is growing that an announcement is imminent from the Special European Programmes Body (SEUPB) that the cross-border Riverine Project is getting the green light.

The plan aims to completely regenerate the area linking the border towns of Strabane and Lifford and consists of a 30-acre ‘iconic shared space’ including the provision of a public park, open air theatre, walking and running routes, a cycling zone, public art and a footbridge.

The ambitious project has been in the making for over a decade and was officially given the go ahead back in 2011 but it has suffered a number of funding setbacks most recently in March last year when it missed out by a solitary point in what SEUPB described as a ‘competitive process’.

The project failed to secure the funding due to a perceived lack of community engagement with SEUPB claiming the project did not demonstrate the required ‘community interest’.

In response, the community sector and local businesses rallied together in a final effort to get the project across the funding line by showing that the scheme has public support during the 'Rise of the Riverine' fun day event last May.

A formal announcement that the 8 million euro Peace IV funding bid by Donegal County Council in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council, is expected today.

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