THE redevelopment of the old police station site in Trillick could help “fix the housing crisis” in the small village, according to local councillors.
Concerns over a lack of housing in Trillick have been raised for a number of years now.
However, one possible solution that is now being examined involves an old police station on the outskirts of the village.
The ‘old barracks’ as it is commonly known was locked up for the last time in May 1967.
It was then used temporarily as apartments for local residents but has since become derelict.
However, local Sinn Féin councillor Stephen McCann believes the site has “great potential” to become social homes for local residents.
“There has been a long-standing demand in the Trillick area for housing, so much so that many young people in particular have had to move out of the village to buy a house,” explained Cllr McCann.
He added, “For villages to grow they need to have housing, and more housing means more people in the village to spend money in local shops.
“Like many other rural settlements across West Tyrone, the supply doesn’t keep up with demand and this is as true in Trillick as many other areas.”
The vacant site on the Gargadis Road is owned by the Housing Executive, which has been contacted about its possible redevelopment.
The Executive has expressed interest in doing so, but only if a demand for more housing in the locality is clear.
They have since been performing ‘rural housing need tests’ in the area to determine whether there is a latent demand for more social housing.
“We prepared a concept plan on land owned by us in the village to show people applying for social housing how the site might be developed for housing,” explained a spokesperson for the Housing Executive.
“We are currently reviewing the applications for social housing that were completed as a result of this test so we can gain a better understanding of the housing requirements for the village.”