Big clean up on the way for Dollingstown ‘eyesore’

Stephen Moutray, Bruce Kidd, Carla Lockhart, David Simpson and Phil Moutray at the site of the derelict garage in Dollingstown prior to its demolition.

Stephen Moutray, Bruce Kidd, Carla Lockhart, David Simpson and Phil Moutray at the site of the derelict garage in Dollingstown prior to its demolition.

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A Dollingstown ‘eyesore’ is to get a facelift following lobbying by locals and their political representatives.

Hoarding is to be erected around the site, a move welcomed by the DUP.

This issue has been long running within the Dollingstown area and the ‘MAIL’ has previously reported on the need for action to secure and improve the look of this site.

Local MP David Simpson said: “I have been working with my colleagues concerning this eye-sore in the village of Dollingstown.

“It is vital our villages and towns tackle the issue of dereliction and I welcome the fact that Council have made progress in this regard. Hoarding will secure the site and will improve the aesthetics of the area. I would also commend the local community representatives Mr Bruce Kidd and Mr Raymond McCoy who have worked with us to ensure this happens.”

Mr Kidd shared his excitement over the progress: “It was long overdue. It will really tidy the village up and it’s great to see it happen. I’d really like to say a big thank you to Counciller Carla Lockhart who has continually worked at this progress and made it all happen.”

Cllr Lockhart also added, “I have worked extensively with Council and the community representatives Bruce and Raymond to improve and enhance this site. Last year I was delighted to achieve a clearance of the site in conjunction with the owner and have worked with Environmental Health to present the case for dereliction funding from the reserves budget from Council.

“This is a main arterial route to and from the town of Lurgan and it has been raised with me on many occasions about the need to improve the aesthetics of the site.

“I would like to see this site developed, however, hoarding will improve the current state of the site and will improve the safety of those living in the area. I made this an election pledge and I am delighted that progress has been made and that the spend of money will take by the end of March.”