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Derelict property is a 'magnet for anti-social behaviour'

Dessie Blackadder

Reporter:

Dessie Blackadder

THE ongoing saga of a derelict house which has become a magnet for anti-social behaviour in the Kells and Connor area has been raised yet again.

Paul Frew the DUP Assembly Member and Cllr William McCaughey say they ‘continue to engage with the bank and its agent’ regarding the building which ‘continues to ‘blight’ the Twin Village.

They say that the house attracts young people putting them into danger and contend that it is an epicentre for anti social behaviour.

Mr. Frew commented: “This building is in a very dangerous state.

“The internal walls are falling down with glass and broken roof tiles everywhere.

“Fires have also been started inside. All the boarding to prevent entry has been removed round the back while debris lies underfoot everywhere. This is very dangerous for any young person to be near. Add to this the angst of the local residents with the ongoing antisocial behaviour and you can see why the situation surrounding the building is such a cause for concern.”

Mr. Frew appealed to all parents to ensure their children are kept away from the hazard.

Cllr McCaughey added: “We have been constantly and consistently engaging and communicating with the bank involved in this property and their agents and we have also offered solutions which the bank have taken away to consider.

“We urge the bank to settle this issue quickly which means we can all move on and progress this and other issues within the village . We hope that this will be soon.”

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