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British MOD must learn from mistakes of sale of Ballyhornan - Hazzard

8 November, 2016 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the British Ministry of Defence must learn from the disastrous experience of Ballyhornan as it moves to close its barracks at Ballykinler.

The South Down MLA said:

"I welcome the announcement that the British military is to close Abercorn Barracks at Ballykinler.

"The land should be handed over for development by the local community. We would like to see the homes on the site redeveloped and used to tackle social housing lists and providing homes for first time buyers.

"However, there is also an onus on the British Ministry of Defence to ensure there is no repeat of the debacle when they sold off parts of Ballyhornan.

"They left a hugely damaging legacy and we must ensure that local people are not footing a bill for millions of pounds for decontamination of the site." 

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