Council clash over Ilex role

Local councillors have clashed with Derry City Council officers over the relationship between the local authority and urban regeneration body, Ilex.

The rift emerged at a meeting of Derry City Council’s development committee on Tuesday when councillors were being given an update on the Foyle Vally Gateway regeneration project.

SDLP colr Helen Quigley asked for clarity on Ilex’s involvement in the scheme.

She asked; “Who is leading this project, us or Ilex? Are they providing funding of techincal support?

“It is important to make this clear because people out there are looking for answers.

“The ordinary people don’t go looking for Ilex staff when they are not happy about the pace of development; they come looking for councillors,” she said.

Sinn Féin colr Maeve McLaughlin said; “We need to be clear about what the relationship with Ilex is and if they are heading up the fesability study or if we are. There needs to be a clear division between us,” she said.

Oonagh McGillan, Council’s acting director of development, told councillors that Council is taking the lead on the project and that Ilex had indicated they have money for technical support.