Shackleton may create ‘nothing but nettles’

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A former army barracks in Co. Derry - which has had millions of pounds poured into it, could end up producing nothing more than “nettles.”

SDLP MLA John Dallat says the massive Shackleton site at Ballykelly needs a viable masterplan which underscores its strengths.

He said: “The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, which acquired the site in October 2011, have revealed the cost of decontaminating the former base is as much as £8.1 million; with maintenance costs of £310,756 up until the end of the last financial year.

“In the last 12 months, there have been in excess of 60 enquiries from potential investors in the site. It is concerning that so much money has been spent yet not a simple, viable project has been identified, or a job created.

“Clearly missing is a masterplan for the site. My fear is that this will turn out to be another ‘former site’, growing nettles and producing nothing.”