Derry Area Plan 2011
Part 9: Community Facilities
Community facilities embrace education, health and community services.
Responsibility for the provision of educational facilities in the District rests mainly with the Western Education and Library Board and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) supplemented by a number of voluntary authorities. The Department of Education retains overall responsibility for education policy and finance.
There has been a substantial slowdown in the growth rate of school enrolments in the District over the past 16 years which reflects the continued fall in the number of births within the District since 1980. The District is already well provided for in terms of total school places and it is envisaged that over the Plan period any additional school provision can be accommodated within the green field housing sites. There may also be a need to replace, modernise, or extend existing school facilities elsewhere.
It is expected that the University of Ulster will continue to expand on land adjacent to the Magee Campus at Aberfoyle (see also Proposal CA 7 Central Area, Section 15). The North West Institute of Further and Higher Education is based at Strand Road. Work is under way on a major new campus building.
It is the responsibility of the Western Health and Social Services Board to assess the health needs of the District and as a purchaser to acquire those needs. Provision of health services in the District rests mainly with the Altnagelvin Health and Social Services Hospitals Trust and the Foyle Health and Social Services Trust supplemented by a number of smaller agencies. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety retains overall responsibility for policy and funding of major capital works.
Hospital services will continue to be provided at Altnagelvin, Gransha, Stradreagh and Waterside Hospitals. Recognising Altnagelvin’s status as an Area Hospital and important centre for sub-regional specialities, a substantial programme of improvements will be carried out to the hospital complex over the next 10 years. These works will consist of both major external and internal refurbishment including the provision of additional medical support facilities. The management of both Altnagelvin and Gransha hospital complexes will be continually reviewed by Altnagelvin and Foyle Trusts with the aim of improving patient care.
It is envisaged that the number of people in institutional care will continue to reduce supplemented by an ongoing provision of care services into the community.
The Community Services Division of Derry City Council is responsible for the provision and maintenance of community centres in the District. Over the Plan period Derry City Council will endeavour to provide community centres at Eglinton, Newbuildings, Lettershendoney and Tullyally as soon as resources permit.