‘Plans must provide jobs for local people’

Waterside Sinn Féin councillor Bridget Meehan says the local community must benefit from the proposed North West One development at Crescent Link.

Colr. Meehan made the comment after attending a public consultation event on the multimillion pound development with rural colr. Paul Fleming.

The plans include a range of facilities such as a supermarket, a cinema, an indoor children’s adventure play area and crèche, a number of food outlets and restaurants, drive-through food outlet, petrol station, a gym, a number of health-related business units and approximately 60 new houses.

The developments are planned for the area of the Crescent Link around the Premier Inn and Craig’s shop.

Colr. Meehan said the development could create up to 500 jobs. “As part of the plans for the site, the developers carried out an extensive economic analysis which examines the impact the new development would have on all retail outlets in the city centre and outlying areas, including retail outlets which are only in planning stages. In addition, the analysis provides information about the economic benefit the new development would have such as the 500 jobs that would be created on the fully operational site. This full analysis will be presented to Council’s Development Committee next month and it will have to be carefully considered,” she said.

The Sinn Féin colr. also said social clauses must be built into the building process. “We raised concerns about the construction contracts for any possible development, and explained how the local area usually gets little of the benefits from these new developments during their construction. The developers said they were keen to ensure the local area would benefit.

“The developers expressed interest in working with local agencies such as Derry City Council to incorporate social clauses in the contracts. The right kind of social clauses would mean employment of local people and the use of local firms in the supply chain,” she said.

Colr. Meehan also said she and colr. Fleming raised concerns about the impact the development would have on traffic management in the area.