Hamilton waste disposal probed

Demolition of the Hamilton Shirt Factory in Derry at the weekend. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? please by-line

Demolition of the Hamilton Shirt Factory in Derry at the weekend. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? please by-line

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An investigation has been launched into the disposal of “waste” from the demolition of the former Hamilton Shirt Factory in Derry, the ‘Journal’ can reveal.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) - the body responsible for protecting, conserving and promoting the environment and heritage across the North - is leading the probe.

The derelict factory at John Street/Foyle Road was demolished in January when concerns were raised about the stability of the building after the collapse of an internal wall.

Environment Minister Alex Atwood recommended the demolition in the interests of public safety.

Last night, the NIEA confirmed it was investigating the disposal of waste from the demolition site.

A spokesperson said: “However, as our investigations are ongoing, we cannot comment on the nature of the waste or where it may be disposed of.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Derry City Council said that, while it had approved a Planning Service recommendation to demolish the former factory, the demolition of the building itself was the responsibility of the “private property owner, their professional advisors and their contractors.”

The spokesperson added: “All aspects of health and safety, including the correct removal and disposal of materials from the building, were also the responsibility of those parties.”