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Rosemount Barrack Site‏

11 January, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has called on Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie not to make the same mistake with the former Rosemount Barrack site as she did with the Andersontown Barrack site in Belfast.

Mr McCartney said:

"I am calling on Margaret Ritchie to have a full community consultation on the future of the Rosemount Barrack site. The decision to award it solely to housing without any consultation is not necessarily how the local community would like to see it developed.

"While there is a dire need for social housing there also needs to be an acceptance that areas such as Rosemount may be in need of better community infrastructure and this space may be more conducive to this due to its limited size.

"The approach employed by the Minister in regards to the Andersontown site should not be repeated in Derry as the Minister knows to her embarrassment where she was forced to go back to the drawing board following representation on behalf of the local community." ENDS

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