Remediation works needed at Creggan Reservoir to allow development of Fort George to proceed

Thu, 17/09/2020 - 12:43 -- Editor

DLP Foyle MLA Sinéad McLaughlin has called on the Department for Communities to meet the estimated £1m cost of remediation work to Creggan Reservoirs, to enable proposed developments on the Fort George site to proceed. She said: "It is essential to make much faster progress on the Fort George site. We have proposals on hold that are key to the economic transformation of Derry. At present proposals cannot proceed because of the assessed risk of flooding from Creggan Reservoirs. While the risk is regarded as low, it would be irresponsible to simply ignore the risk, or build without addressing the risk. The truth is that climate change has increased flooding risk and this has to be recognised, taken seriously and in this case resolved urgently." "Given the importance of the Fort George site - which is under the ownership and control of the Department for Communities - it makes sense that the Department for Communities meet the costs of the remediation work in order to advance economic progress in Derry and bringing into full use one of the sites in Derry that was intended to be transformational for the city, yet which has lain underused for far too many years."
 It is understood that a number of underground waterways and streams connect Creggan to the Pennyburn area, which could under very unusual circumstances constitute a low risk of flooding in the Pennyburn area.