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‘Opportunity Omagh will create 1000 construction jobs’ - Pat Doherty MP

15 September, 2008

West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty has said that proposals for an ambitious development on the Derry Road will be a welcome boost for the local construction industry which is currently experiencing an economic downturn.

The proposed scheme which includes high grade office space, a business media centre, a hotel, as well as retail, health and leisure facilities has been on public display in the Strule Arts centre since last Monday.

According to the MP, "I held a meeting last Friday with GML Estates who are the developers of the Derry Road site. During our exchange, they informed me that the Opportunity Omagh proposal will create at least 1000 construction jobs for a period of 3 to 4 years while the site is being developed. This work can commence immediately, following approval of the scheme by the Planning Service".

"The Developers assured me that work on the site will go out locally for tender and that all construction materials, such as steel will be procured from local providers. Coupled with the anticipated 1000 jobs that will be created when the site is complete, the impact on the local economy will incalculable".

Mr Doherty continued "Following a number of enquiries made to my office regarding the Opportunity Omagh proposal, I have invited representatives from the Developers, GML estates to come and meet members of the public at the Strule Arts Centre on Thursday from 1pm until 2pm".

"The Derry Road proposals also compliment ongoing work on the Omagh 2025 Visioning framework and the DSD town centre masterplan, which are currently on display for public consultation in the Public Service centre. As such, I have also taken the initiative of inviting Alison Mc Cullagh, Head of Development of Omagh District Council to elaborate on the Omagh 2025 Visioning Framework and Town centre masterplan".

Mr Doherty concluded "This consultation exercise will provide an opportunity to raise questions or issues which people might have regarding the Opportunity Omagh proposal. It will give the public a chance to hear at first hand from the developers, how this scheme will benefit their community. As such, I strongly encourage anyone who has an interest to come along to the Strule Arts Centre this Thursday (18th September) from 1pm until 2pm".

"As MP for this area, I welcome this investment as a huge vote of confidence in our community, and I especially welcome its potential to bring jobs to those in the construction sector which currently struggling".

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