Call for action on former army base

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The Deputy Mayor of Limavady Orla Beattie has called on the office of the First and Deputy Minister to roll out their plan for the future of the former army base at Ballykelly.

She said: “I have been contacted by a number of interested parties who want to know what the current situation is, in relation to the former Shackleton Barracks site.

“Is there a master plan for the 750 acre site as my party has called for? Has a thorough investigation been conducted to establish the extent of contamination? Has anyone bothered to identify the strengths and opportunities that exist, particularly in relation to its proximity to the City of Derry Airport and the Belfast to Derry Railway line?

“The office of the First and Deputy First Minister appear to be oblivious to the fact that we have a jobs crisis in the North West which is unprecedented. This well-staffed office has surely adequate resources to inform the public, of what has been the purpose of acquiring the site and what are the expectations arising from it.

“It is my belief that if everyone has their shoulder to the wheel, we can do much to address the neglect and discrimination of the past, but in order to move on we need openness, transparency and a willingness to work together in partnership.”