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Obstacles of contamination of land at Fort George site can be overcome

28 August, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson commenting on the news that it will take £6 million to decontaminate land at the Fort George site in Derry City which is earmarked for major developments to take place in the city over the next few years including Project Kelvin

Martina Anderson said

“I  hope that  today’s news that land at Fort George has been found to be contaminated with heavy metals will not significanty hold up any developments that may be in the pipeline for this site such Project Kelvin.

"Like many brown field sites it’s always possible, prior to any development, that builders and planners can run into obstacles such as contaminated land. While six million pound is a lot of money this land must be decontaminated as it cannot be left in this state and the revenue in terms of business development and employment that can be garned in the future from this site will outweigh the clean up costs.

"Obviuosly such contamination needs investigated and cleared but I believe problems such as this can be overcome. A few years ago there were issues with contaminated land at the old Gasyard site which would form part of the new Dove Gardens housing complex but thankfully that was resolved and shortly 63 much needed homes will be ready for occupation there"

Martina Anderson concluded by saying:  
"I recently welcomed the news that £3.2 million is to be spent on remedial and infrastructure works involving cleaning up the river at Pennyburn and the upgrading of the jetty to allow better access to the river. The River Foyle is one of the city's greatest assets and this work will open up another section to the public. 
"With the recent extension to the cycle path this work will enhance the entire area in terms of health and safety allowing the citizens of Derry to better enjoy the beauty of the river ."

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