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Jan 17 15 6:51 PM
Jan 19 15 10:43 PM
mpdfan wrote:Firstly NWIRS does not have any money or places to store the exhibits they own in the Museum. Donegal Town Museum is broke and hanging on by a thread and the Finntown railway are all but defunct.Secondly DCC have no interest in the collection or the potential for the Museum and its unique collection and the Museum has been open/closed ever since 2000. The Council see it as a cost cutting measure even though they employ 5 full time for the Museum alone! The Council have also told all parties bidding to take over the Museum that they will have to employ or pay the wages of one full time council member of staff. The relevant people in Council to contact are Stephen Gillespie who is the Council officer in charge and John Kelpie the acting Chief Executive. People could contact them or annoy the local parties involved such as SF,SDLP and the DUP. DCC are unclear about the future of the collection and this is at risk as the Museum is no longer registered by DCC as an accredited museum with the NIMC since 2010.Finally there has been some coverage by Radio Foyle and I was interviewed by Mark Patterson last Monday on this topic. Check Radio Foyle and his facebook page and there is also a brief article in the latest issue of Heritage Railway. The Destined group appear likely to take the site over no matter what and they have vague notions about steam trains alongside the River Foyle. They have no experience of how expensive this dream would be and the red tape required.
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This link below, will open the public notice highlighted at point1in the extract from RPSI bulletin 1630 of 23rd January headed FOYLE VALLEY RAILWAY:
This link opens the Regeneration Plan for Derry~Londonderry.
Check page 45; Foyle Valley Gateway to view the plans vague aspirations for the FVR site & line.
It has been reported that Derry City Council will be closing the Foyle Valley Railway from 31st March 2015.
Concerns have been expressed regarding the future of the County Donegal railway artefacts there.
Here are some questions recently put to Derry City Council by Robin Morton.
1. What are the proposals for the FVR Centre?
A spokesperson for Derry City Council explained that earlier this year members agreed to review usage of the Foyle Valley Railway Museum post 31st March 2015 with a view to looking at a number of options for the site. The spokesperson explained that a public notice, calling for expression of interest for the future use of the site, has been issued to the local papers and is one of a number of options that will be considered.
2. What will happen to the railway museum?
The spokesperson explained that the future use of the museum will be solely for recreation and open space and any future plans submitted as part of the expressions of interest process will need to be accordance with the planning regulations.
3. More specifically, what will happen to the two County Donegal Railway engines?
The spokesperson explained that as the Museum contents, including the steam engines, will form part of a report that will come before Council for review. The spokesperson said the railway exhibits are of major importance to the Council and their future is a major consideration for Council in our assessment of the future use of the site.
4. Anything definitive as to who owns them?
The spokesperson for Derry City Council explained that ownership of specific exhibits is currently under investigation and should be established in the coming months. However, disposal of the exhibits is not being considered as part of the review of use for the building.
5. Timescale for this change?
The spokesperson explained that expression of interest are to be submitted to Council by the end of January and it is expected they will be assessed in February with a report and recommendations to come before Council in March. The spokesperson concluded that the Foyle Valley Museum site and its contents are of strategic importance to the Foyle Valley Gateway development and the future development to regenerate our city. All steps in this process will be carefully considered and all comments are welcome as we move forward.
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Feb 6 15 1:38 PM
"When injustice becomes law, revolt becomes moral duty"
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Feb 11 15 1:43 PM
NIR111Class wrote:I can't describe how angry I am with that Loony Colony of a Council. Seriously, that collection is literally better off anywhere else. I'd sooner see them safe in a secure shed somewhere in the Mainland or the Isle of Man than let the city's drunken loons get at them.
Completely empathise with your post NIR111Class, the actions of DCC are frustrating in the extreme. The IRN community have a fair idea as to what could/should be done.
However, the only recourse we have, is to write to the local/national press highlighting this scandalous debacle; to express your valid concerns in writing to DCC & to get on to your local MLA to outline the whole shoddy process that is unfolding & to explain how if handled in an enlightened way, the FVR project could rival anything in Wales or IoM.
Contributions to this thread provide a wealth of positive ideas to draw from & mpdfan has named some DCC officials that can be contacted. To coin a phrase, for incompetence to prevail, all it takes is that well intentioned people do nothing. This can be changed, look at what the RPSI & the D&CDR achieved in less enlightened times regarding steam heritage.
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Feb 13 15 2:02 PM
mpdfan wrote:Latest news from a local journalist who shall remain unnamed is that the person behind the second bid for the Museum is a notorious property developer. Lord R***. This person is linked to the Hotel scheme recently approved for the derelict site opposite the Museum, Surely no link!
Could that be just a load of MALONEy baloney!?
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