Stormont delegation visit ex-army Ballykelly base

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East Derry MLAs Cathal O hÓisín and John Dallat have welcomed the visit of a Stormont delegation to the former army camp in Ballykelly this week. Both hope details of a masterplan on the potential of the massive site will soon be released.

The former Shackleton barracks site falls under the control of the Office of The First Minister and Deputy First Minister, and was handed over last October.

A spokesperson for the Office said; “The Committee for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is responsible for scrutinising the work of the Department and advising Ministers. As part of the Committee’s work programme, it visited the Shackleton Barracks at Ballykelly on Wednesday.

“The Committee took an informal briefing from Departmental officials on the history of the site, the issues affecting it and the Department’s plans for the site. The Committee also had an informal briefing from local farmers.”

The delegation included chairperson, Tom Elliott, Francie Molloy, Mike Nesbitt and George Robinson.

East Derry Sinn Féin MLA O hÓisín welcomed the visit.

“It gave those the committee members met the chance to question them directly and to convey their concerns to the MLA’s.

“It’s also given an opportunity for the committee to assess for themselves the potential of this facility for community development,” he said.

East Derry SDLP MLA, John Dallat also welcomed the visit, and stated: “Let’s hope their consultation will include the widest possible number of people who have a contribution to make, but I want to see the entire Executive involved and a masterplan based on their enquiries.”