New DARD HQ ‘part of village life’

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Agriculture minister Michelle O’Neill hopes the new Department of Agriculture headquarters in Ballykelly is viewed as part of village life.

“As well as working with the statutory bodies, we have continued to discuss our plans with members of the local community group and they are keen for work to begin and jobs to move to the area so that they can start to benefit from this significant economic injection,” said Minister O’Neill.

Plans showing the new DARD HQ in Ballykelly.

Plans showing the new DARD HQ in Ballykelly.

“My department has identified more than 1,500 civil servants who would want to move to Ballykelly and work will soon begin to match people to posts. The level of interest in this location shows the Executive has got it right when it comes to decentralising jobs.”

The relocation team is “positive” the plans - submitted to The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council - will be approved, and expect the first phase will see 400 workers at their desks, with the remaining 200 in the second phase of the project by 2020.

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Aerial shot showing the site of the new DARD HQ in Ballykelly.

Aerial shot showing the site of the new DARD HQ in Ballykelly.