Strabane business park opens

Invest Northern Ireland's Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton has announced the completion of the first phase of the new business park at Melmount Road in Strabane. Pictured (L ' R) are Thomas Kerrigan, Strabane District Council, and Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI.

Invest Northern Ireland's Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton has announced the completion of the first phase of the new business park at Melmount Road in Strabane. Pictured (L ' R) are Thomas Kerrigan, Strabane District Council, and Alastair Hamilton, Invest NI.

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A new business park in Strabane will help economic development in the town, according to InvestNI.

InvestNI chairman Alastair Hamilton said the 16 acre site at Melmount Road “ will help address the shortage of available industrial land in the district.”

The first phase of the park was completed earlier this week. A second phase - which will stretch the park to 22 acres, is dependant on demand from businesses.

Mr Hamilton said the park is now looking for tenants and said six eligible companies have declared an interest in acquiring sites.

“We will continue to work with Strabane District Council to progress this development as well as the companies who declare an interest in locating there,” he said.

Strabane District Council Chairman Thomas Kerrigan described the six expressions of interest were “positive news.”

“Melmount Road is a strategic site in the district and I very much welcome Invest NI’s commitment to develop this land for industrial use. I look forward to investors locating at our new business park and creating jobs in the area.”

Meanwhile Mr Hamilton also met with a Sinn Féin delegation when opening the park.

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty described the meeting as “extremely constructive.”

“Our delegation pressed Alastair Hamilton on what other forms of additional support Invest NI can provide to assist business and job creation/expansion in the district,” he said.