Action, not ‘tea and sympathy’

Calls for urgent action to boost Limavady’s beleaguered economy have been made this week in the wake of yet another business in the town going into administration.

The shutters were pulled on Main Street homeware store hanna & browne on Wednesday, leaving workers in shock at the sudden closure. It is not known exactly how many staff posts are at risk, but it is thought to be around half a dozen. However, the administrator was not available for comment yesterday.

President of Roe Valley Chamber of Commerce, David Brewster, claims local politicians “are quick to bemoan each blow to the economy” but “the days of tea and sympathy are past”. He said urgent action is needed and must involve concerned stakeholders.

Mr. Brewster said the independent sector in the Roe Valley continues to function, in spite of increasing rates and regulation, but warned it cannot be expected to keep the economy going by itself.

“People say Limavady is a hidden gem with a great independent sector. People are impressed by it, but there doesn’t seem to be enough done about it,” said Mr. Brewster. “Surely our politicians have enough influence as a combined group to produce an action plan to regenerate our economy because the people of Limavady are not going to accept platitides and statements. We must look forward to a concrete and proactive response from our representatives.”