SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed confirmation from the Executive Office that the long overdue acquisition of the Meenan Square site in the Bogside has been secured.
The £11 million Urban Villages project has suffered a series of set-backs but Mr Durkan said he remains hopeful that this transformational initiative can now progress at pace.
Said the Foyle MLA: “I’m glad we have finally reached this stage after a few false dawns and premature proclamations from others.
“It is lamentable how long the Executive Office has taken to get to this point.
“I look forward to development of the site which will provide much needed social housing, a new community facility and some community units.
“It will help revitalise this historically neglected area and the construction phase will create local employment opportunities.
“Hopefully progress on the project will now gather speed and any associated planning applications are dealt with apace.”Tags: