Planning approval for Ebrington is granted

SDLP Foyle MLA Sinead McLaughlin has welcomed SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon’s decision to grant planning approval for Building 40 at Ebrington Square.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 2:34 pm
Lisa Brown, AJ Bratton and Natalie Reid visited Ebrington Square recently. DER2113GS – 015

Ms McLaughlin said: “It is great news to see some further development approved for Ebrington Square. During lockdown, I like many others have taken walks around the square which has been beautifully landscaped, but frustratingly empty of business activity - and not just because of the Covid restrictions.

“Ebrington was gifted to the city 18 years ago and should have become a centre of major economic activity more than a decade ago. The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister - which is now the Executive Office - has been far too slow in developing what should already be a real hub of activity for the hospitality sector, taking advantage of beautiful views across the River Foyle.

“I look forward to having an additional bar and restaurant right in the heart of Ebrington that can fully utilise the large outdoor space.

“This will be a key asset as we emerge from pandemic restrictions and become more accustomed to outdoor dining.

“I am excited that at last Ebrington will be a thriving destination that adds to the tourism offering of Derry.”