New entrance plan for Ballykelly DARD HQ

No land has been purchased for the provision of a new access road into the former Shackleton barracks in Ballykelly, where the Department of Agriculture will relocate its headquarters.

A DARD spokesperson confirmed officials are, however, working on a design for a new entrance into the site.

“We have been advised by Transport NI that accommodating the new DARD headquarters on the Ballykelly site will require a new access road along the A2 (main Derry to Limavady Road) as the existing access arrangements are not suitable for the expected increased traffic flow.

“The new access road will be designed sensitively in order to maintain the character of the area and officials are currently working with other government departments and agencies to agree the optimum position for the access road.”

Regarding a figure quoted in local media recently about the cost of land for a new entrance, the spokesperson said “no land has been purchased” and stated the figure “refers to the upper estimate of a notional value that was required for the completion of an outline business case into the relocation of DARD headquarters to Ballykelly”.

Officials from DARD’s HQ relocation team are to meet with a number of interested parties about the move at a private meeting in the village on Wednesday.