The transfer of former military and security sites to the Northern Ireland Executive
- Corporate Author:
- Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Audit Office
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
This NIAO report looks at "The transfer of former military and security sites to the Northern Ireland Executive". Some key findings, include: that there had been some success in putting in place "quick win" projects such as the opening of the Crumlin Road Gaol to the public and the construction of the Peace Bridge at Ebrington, but the pace of regeneration has been slow; that the experience from the Maze/Long Kesh site, where the cost of decontamination is expected to exceed £8.5 million, demonstrates the importance of carrying out due diligence check; that a key part of the Waste and Contaminated Land legislation, which deals with issues such as decontamination, has not been brought into force in Northern Ireland, therefore Councils and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency are unable to fully exercise their inspection and regulatory powers in respect of contaminated land on former military sites; that although the Malone Road site was sold to a private developer in 2003 for £3.8 million, the NIAO has concerns that the sale proceeds were not maximised and also the site was sold without planning permission. Recommendations include: that the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, must ensure that delivery strategies for the Maze/Long Kesh, Ebrington and Crumlin Road Gaol sites are finalised and implementation plans put in place as quickly as possible; that in any future transfer or sale of former military or security sites appropriate protocols should be developed, ahead of sale or transfer and that all departments should clearly track and account for how "ring-fenced" money is spent and ensure that the process is transparent to the Assembly.
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