Community worker backs Arntz plans

Tommy Mullan from the Galliagh Residents' Association.
Tommy Mullan from the Galliagh Residents' Association.

A local community worker is to express support for a proposed multi-million pound development at the former Arntz site in Pennyburn.

Tommy Mullan from the Galliagh Residents’ Group said he plans to address the Council’s Planning Committee in support of the application, which he said will bring hundreds of jobs to an area that badly needs them.

Mr Mullan said: “All I am saying is that if this creates 400 jobs then it is a great idea. The one thing we need badly is jobs because our town is down to the bare bone, as far as the cityside is concerned anyway.”

Plans for the massive investment at the Arntz site in Derry will create 375 new full and part-time jobs and a further 300 construction jobs, those behind recently told Derry & Strabane Council.

The team at the helm of the project said that unlike some other large-scale proposed projects, the money was already in place to develop the 14-acre site at Pennyburn Pass.

Mr Mullan said that the derelict and empty buildings across the city’s industrial estates should serve as a warning about the need to grasp opportunities when they arise.

“Thousands of jobs have gone out of Derry. We have seen buildings getting knocked down instead of being built up,” he said.