DERRY & Strabane District Council havs announced plans to hold a public consultation event to identify future development options for the former Castlederg police station.
Located on the Castlefin Road, the PSNI station which closed in January of this year remains under the control of the Policing Board NI (PBNI) but is currently on the open market for sale.
Welcoming the move, Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí McHugh said, “Sinn Féin long campaigned for the closure of the heavily militarised PSNI station as it was not only an unsightly blot on the landscape, but because it was lying empty and served no practical purpose and therefore represented a massive drain on the public purse.
“We have also been consistent in our view that the site, located as it is in the centre of the town, would be best utilised to engender the socio-economic regeneration of the town.”
Cllr McHugh added, “I would encourage as many local voluntary, community, sporting, cultural groups as possible as well as the local business community and people in a private capacity to come along and have your say in this important consultation.”
Meanwhile UUP Councillor Derek Hussey says there is a lot of interest in the site
“Obviously the former PSNI station which is in pristine condition, needs to be developed for the benefit of the whole community,” said Cllr Hussey.
The public consultation will take place in Derg Valley Leisure Centre, but a time and date is yet to be confirmed.