‘Minister will see dereliction at first hand’ - Dallat

The Environment Minister Alex Attwood will be in Dungiven and Limavady today to see at first-hand areas which could benefit from Dereliction Intervention Funding to carry out work to improve the environment of these towns.

East Derry SDLP MLA, John Dallat said Limavady, like other towns, has its dereliction problems, as has Dungiven.

“Anything that the Minister can do to persuade his Executive colleagues to make available additional funding will be very welcome,” said the assemblyman.

“I have no doubt that like the recent experiment in Portrush both towns will benefit in their endeavours to make their towns more appealing for business and tourism.”

During his two-and-a half-hour visit Minister Atwood will have the opportunity to see both towns in detail and visit sites identified for sport and community development.

“He will see at first hand a range of initiatives which have been ear-marked for the regeneration process, which is vital if we are to sustain our local businesses, encourage those businesses to expand and attract new business enterprises to the Limavady Borough Council Area,” said Mr. Dallat.

“From a personal point of view I hope this visit will be followed by other ministers to acknowledge the work done by local community groups and elected representatives to improve the infrastructure and fabric of both Dungiven and Limavady.

“The people of these towns need to be acknowledged for the work they have being doing and they need the hope to continue their endeavours to create employment, sustain business and give back hope to areas devastated by serious loss of jobs in recent years.”

Mr. Dallat will accompany the minister. A number of Limavady councillors are also expected to participate in the visit, alongside Borough Council officials.