Talks to kick start Roe Valley economoy

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Councillors from Limavady and East Derry MLAs met last week for talks to look at short and long term initiatives to kick-start economic growth in the borough.

Members and officers from Council, MLAs and representatives of local and regional development agencies came together to discuss several issues which have been of local importance over the past two years.

On the agenda was examining “a lack of entrepreneurial spirit in the borough, and improving the image and regional perception of Limavady in the media”, support for new and existing indigenous businesses, and how to improve engagement with them, and how to take advantage of opportunities emerging from the City of Culture programme and other key events along the North Coast and opportunities arising from the former Shackleton Barracks site and the current Magilligan Prison site.

“Those present heard a short presentation from Council officers, as well as input from Invest NI, the Department for Employment & Learning, Roe Valley Enterprises and the local Chamber of Trade,” said a Council spokesperson.

“Everyone came forward with ideas which we will now take away and look at in depth. We hope to choose some of these ideas to take forward over the next few months, with Council support.

“These ideas spanned a broad range of concepts which covered both the physical and human assets within the area. Without a doubt, there was something for everyone to take away and action on behalf of the borough.”

The spokesperson said a short summary of the meeting and some of the actions which will be moved forward over the spring will be discussed at the Council’s Development Services Meeting tonight.