Ilex could lose Fort George

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Stormont’s Department of Social Development is considering taking over responsibility for the Fort George site in Derry from the city’s urban regeneration company, Ilex.

A DSD spokeswoman confirmed the government department is considering taking over the ‘project management role’ at Fort George.

“The department’s primary objective within this is to ensure that the full potential of the Fort George site for Londonderry and the wider North West region is realised. As part of this, the Department is considering taking on the project management role for Fort George which is currently carried out by Ilex.

“However, none of the changes that are being considered will have any impact on the specific projects planned for the site.

“The Minister is keen to ensure that the combined resources of DSD and Ilex are used in a way that will ensure that all this work in Londonderry is moved forward effectively and builds on the successes of Ilex to date.

The move comes only days after think tank the Academy of Urbanism criticised plans for the former British Army base.

Read more about this story in Friday’s ‘Journal’.