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City delegation visit London to present City Deal proposal to Minister Javid

18 January 2018

A delegation from the North West, which included the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, the Council Chief Executive John Kelpie, and a wide representation of city stakeholders, including the Ulster University, the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce and the North West Regional College, along with the Foyle MP Elisha McCallion and Lord William Hay met with Minister Sajid Javid in London today to discuss a City Deal for the city region.

Describing the meeting as very positive, the Mayor said Minister Javid was very impressed with the work that has been done by the Council and its stakeholder partners on the City Deal proposal.

He commented: “It was a very productive and worthwhile meeting and a great opportunity for us to meet with the Minister directly to present our strong robust plans for a City Deal. Our presentation was very well received by the Minister and he took on board the benefits it would bring to the city and the wider City Region and promised to bring it to his Cabinet for further discussion and consideration.”

Welcoming the meeting and the opportunity to present the City Deal proposal to the Minister directly, Derry City and Strabane District Council Chief Executive John Kelpie said: “We presented details of our very robust City Deal plans to the Minister and outlined to him the significant economic benefits it would bring for the region in terms of job creation, investment and population growth. We outlined to him how our City Deal proposal is aligned with our Strategic Inclusive Growth Plan and how a City Deal would provide the strong partnership intervention and strategically focused local investment that we need to successfully activate the transformation of the economic fortunes of the North West City region.

“We were very pleased to be afforded the opportunity to bring these discussions to Minister Javid today and are very keen to advance to the next stage of the City Deal process that would involve us progressing with businesses cases detailing the benefits of key projects across the District and the wider region,” he added.

Notes to Editor and background information on City Deal for Derry/Londonderry

Between now and 2032, the Strategic Growth Plan targets an increase in jobs from 61,100 to 75,600 reducing unemployment in line with the NI average, an increase in population to 156,200 resulting in £500m additional GVA, £100m additional tax revenue and £200m additional wages.

The primary focus for a First Phase City Deal has to be on those investment priorities within the plan that present the greatest potential for job creation, leveraging of private sector investment and to build the foundations that will support and create opportunities that will contribute the most to sustainable growth and impact on GVA.

Following extensive economic analysis, the key catalyst projects identified are the A5 Western Transport Corridor and the completion of the A6 Derry to Belfast Road. The expansion of Ulster University and NWRC, and the A2 economic corridor are also identified as essential catalysts for change, as well as transformative urban regeneration schemes in Strabane Town centre and along the riverfront in Derry, and the delivery of a major iconic tourism attractor for the region. These projects accounted for over 75% of the required additional employment and over 80% of the additional GVA figures targeted by the Strategic Growth Plan.