Mayor in talks to bring jobs to the Roe Valley

The Mayor of Limavady is to hold a special meeting with local agencies in a bid to attract badly needed investment and jobs into the Roe Valley.

Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey said he has already met with at least half a dozen groups in an effort to bring jobs to the borough, which is one of the North’s top three economic blackspots.

“I’m fed up listening to people sit and whinge and cry about what we need. We need to do something about it,” he told the ‘Journal’. “Everyone needs to come together and work together.”

The Mayor was speaking ahead of the expected announcement of 30-40 hi-tech jobs in the Foreglen in coming weeks.

So far, the mayor has met with representatives from Invest NI, The Roe Valley Chamber of Trade, Enterprise NI, the Department of Employment and Learning and Limavady Borough Council. He also hopes to secure a meeting with representatives from urban regeneration company ILEX, to see if what they have done with the Fort George and Ebrington sites in Derry can be done with the former Shackleton army base in Ballykelly.

“I think there are great opportunities for the borough of Limavady and the Roe Valley as a whole,” he said. “The Irish Open is coming to the North Coast, we have the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race and the City of Culture in Derry next year, and Limavady is sitting in the middle of all of it,” he said. “We have great chances to bring investment to the area and we can’t let them pass by.”

The Mayor aims to hold round table talks at a special meeting in mid-April.