Residents start petition for action on old factory site

Sinn Fein Cllr Keith Haughian with residents in north Lurgan protest at derelict site of former Clendinings factory
Sinn Fein Cllr Keith Haughian with residents in north Lurgan protest at derelict site of former Clendinings factory
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A petition has begun demanding that the owner of a derelict factory in Lurgan clear and secure the site or sell it.

The petition was started by the North Lurgan Community Association after residents staged a protest at the former Clendinings site on Monday.

Hundreds gathered between Victoria Street and Lake Street angered at the persistent anti-social behaviour and the lack of security at the site.

Owner, Mr Philip Bassett, spoke to the Lurgan Mail this week saying anti-social behaviour was hampering future development of the land.

He said he was keen to develop the site but a number of issues were thwarting progress including anti-social behaviour.

Though the area has been zoned for housing, no development has occurred since the factory site was cleared some years ago.

In a statement North Lurgan Community Association said it is creating a petition on behalf of the local community.

“The residents are tired of the anti-social behaviour in the old Clendinings site.

“The destructive behaviour of the young people, both from the area and also outside the area, is having a detrimental affect on the people within the community.

“We are asking people to sign this petition as we want to send a clear message to the landowner that immediate action is required.

“We need the site cleared and secured or sold to the Council at a realistic price.

“We need action before there is serious injury or loss of life in this dilapidated building site.”

Just last week the police issued a hard hitting video warning of the serious dangers at the derelict site.

The PSNI also detailed a number of serious incidents involving children who were unconscious or became ill on the site and urged parents to mindful of where their children are.

Here is a link to the petition

https://www.change.org/p/north-lurgan-community-association-action-against-asb-in-clendinnings-site-lurgan?recruiter=716132534&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink