Coshquin land will not be sold

SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan.
SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan.

SDLP MLA for Foyle, Mark H Durkan, has assured residents living in Coshquin that a piece of green space in the area will not be sold to a local developer.

Speaking exclusively to ‘Journal’ last night, Mr. Durkan explained he had met with both the residents and the prospective buyer and confirmed that in “the interests of being a good neighbour” the buyer has decided to withdraw his interest in the land.

“I was contacted earlier this week by a number of residents of Coshquin, concerned by the possibility of NIHE selling the only open space in the estate to facilitate the local bar increasing their car park capacity.

“I welcome the fact that this business is doing so well, creating employment and also choice for customers but the fear was that not only would this extension result in the loss of existing green space but also the possibility of the development of appropriate facilities for the area’s young people in the future.”

Mr. Durkan added: “I have spoken to the prospective buyer of the site, outlining the concerns of the Coshquin community to him, and he has now confirmed to me that, in the interests of being a good neighbour, he no longer wishes to pursue this project.

“This conscientious action will be welcomed by people in the area who I will support fully to ensure that the space is utilised for the benefit of children and families in the area.”