‘Fort George potential must be maximised’ – McCallion

Sinn Féin has told a government department involved in the development of the Fort George site that it must be maximised for the benefit of the city and region.

A party delegation led by MP Elisha McCallion and including Foyle Assembly members Karen Mullan and Raymond McCartney met the Department for Communities regarding plans to construct a health hub on the site.

Elisha McCallion commented: “We made it clear that all options for Fort George must be fully considered, because while we are fully supportive of the proposal to create a health hub in the city, we are not convinced that Fort George is the most appropriate site for it.

“The health hub could be built on any number of sites locally. Fort George is a prime regeneration space on the city’s riverfront with massive potential to spark regeneration and job creation so we must ensure we maximise that potential. The city has failed to properly develop such sites in the past and we cannot allow that to happen again.

“We also highlighted our concerns over the process to date, in that it would appear that not all options have been explored to ensure the optimum social and economic outcomes for Fort George and the wider region.

“We will be discussing these issues with the Permanent Secretaries of both the Department of Health and the Department for Communities. We will be stressing that any process going forward must ensure that the potential of the Fort George site is maximised for the benefit of the whole city and region.”

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