McCausland leaving Factory Girls build to Derry and Strabane Council

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Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland is punting a decision on whether or not to build a long-awaited Factory Girls memorial sculpture at Harbour Square to the new Derry and Strabane Council.

The Minister recently awarded £14,797 to artist Louise Walsh to redesign the work, which was had once been bound for the King Street roundabout.

He’s also confirmed £24,570 has been allocated to Derry City Council to appoint an “Integrated Design Team to undertake the design for the surrounding Public Realm works.”

But Mr McCausland has indicated that given the phased nature of the development, when the designs for the scheme are completed and a planning application eventually submitted, responsibility for urban regneration will have passed to the new Derry and Strabane Council.

“It should be noted that since the construction works are unlikely to commence by 31 March 2015, by which time the Department’s urban regeneration powers and budgets will have transferred to local government, it will be a matter for the new local authority covering Londonderry to decide whether the project proceeds to construction,” he commented.