Ilex results ‘disappointing’

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Stakeholders in Ilex have branded its performance in the city’s regeneration “disappointing”.

A report into the performance of the urban regeneration company has highlighted a number of concerns raised by external and internal stakeholders.

The 160 page document says stakeholders consider the body’s performance - since it was established in 2003 - as “disappointing” because of the lack of physical progress at Ebrington and Fort George.

The report highlights the need for greater stakeholder engagement, organisational improvement, adding that “further work is required in the area of financial management”.

“Stakeholders were unanimous in the need for change, there was unanimity on the need for the organisation to embrace further change and to focus on its core objectives to deliver practical and physical achievements,” the report reads.

The document further states that Ilex Chairman Roy McNulty acknowledged that limited progress had been made in the early years of the body but that “momentum is now being achieved”. The document acknowledges that the body made significant advances under the chairmanship of Sir Roy McNulty and the leadership of CEO Aideen McGinley.

The document includes a series of recommendations for Ilex going forward. In particular, there is a recommendation for a single sponsoring government department for the body rather than being led by OFMDFM and the Department for Social Development.

Ministers Peter Robinson, Martin McGuinness and Alex Atwood acknowledged that the report is extensive and pledged to give detailed consideration to the findings, which include a recommendation that Ilex should continue to take the lead in developing the two sites (Fort George and Ebrington) and the regeneration plan. In consultation with Ilex they will consider how best to progress the recommendations within the report.

Meanwhile, Mr McGuinness was in Derry in Friday to open public consultation event on the draft Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) that has been completed on the city’s draft Regeneration Plan.