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Seven bids made for former Army base site at Ballykelly

By Donna Deeney

Published 06/10/2015

An aerial view of the vacant Shackleton Barracks site at Ballykelly, Co Londonderry
An aerial view of the vacant Shackleton Barracks site at Ballykelly, Co Londonderry

There have been seven bids to buy the former Army base site at Ballykelly, including one from a film studio currently leasing the 650-acre site.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness yesterday told the Assembly: "Whilst the real measure of success will be how the purchaser of the site delivers employment, community and environmental benefits, receiving this number of proposals is a welcome development."

The bids will be examined to see if they fit the criteria of creating employment and bringing benefits to the community.

Jo Gilbert who set up Shackleton Studios - where the production of the movie Property of the State has just wrapped - said she was waiting with bated breath on the final decision.

She said: "It is down to Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson or Arlene Foster but it would be horrendous if we failed to buy this wonderful site. We have ticked all the boxes regarding the ability to create employment, bringing benefits to the whole of the area."

Ms Gilbert said Shackleton Studios has created energy in its stunning location, but now "we will have to wait and see what is decided."

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