Commenting on the announcement that urban regeneration company ILEX is to be wound up Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin said:
“The winding up of ILEX and bringing it under the control of OFMDFM and SIB (Strategic Investment Board) presents an opportunity to drive forward the development of the Ebrington site with a refreshed focus.
“It is unfortunate for the employees involved that this development may result in some redundancies but I hope they will be kept to a minimum.
“However it is vital that we ensure Ebrington is properly developed so that 100’s of highly paid new jobs can be delivered on the site, through the construction of the proposed new Grade A Office accommodation and other development.
“I would expect that an onsite office for its officials, will ensure that we bring an OFMDFM presence to Derry to directly focus on this regeneration project.
“Despite the clear flaws in ILEX highlighted in the Review, momentum had been building more recently in relation to Ebrington and it is crucial that that momentum is maintained and accelerated.
“I also welcome the reviews recommendation that the Ebrington site passes to Derry and Strabane Council in a reasonably short period of time.
“I am confident that the Council will also ensure that the potential jewel in the city’s crown becomes a reality.” CRÍOCH/END