An eyesore property in Jordanstown which has been lying derelict for several years is to be demolished, it has been confirmed.
The old school buildings on Jordanstown Road, which are owned by a Craigavon-based property development company, have been branded “dangerous and unsightly.”
Local residents have voiced concerns about children accessing the buildings, illegal dumping at the site and young people lighting fires.
In recent weeks the police have also expressed concerns about anti-social behaviour at the property.
After receiving a number of complaints about the eyesore buildings, Newtownabbey Borough Council recently wrote to the owners, Silverwood Property Developments.
“Silverwood confirmed that they have a tender out for demolition of the site, with demolition works to be completed as soon as possible. They intend to develop the site,” a council spokesperson told the Times this week.
Local Alliance Party councillor, Tom Campbell, who lives close to the site, welcomed the move towards demolition of the “dangerous and unsightly buildings.”
“I will be keeping an eye on progress on this long-delayed plan for demolition. Local residents will see this as progress and they will expect the developer to be true to its word and to expedite the demolition and removal of the remainder of these dangerous buildings,” he commented.
Planning permission for a new residential development on the land was granted in August 2010, but so far there has been little sign of progress.
The Times contacted Silverwood Property Developments this week to ask about the plans for the redevelopment of the site.
At the time of going to print, no one from the company had responded.