NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR ARSON-HIT BANK SITE

The remains of the Cloughfern branch of Northern Bank destroyed by fire after the loyalist riots of September 2005. Picture: Freddie Parkinson
The remains of the Cloughfern branch of Northern Bank destroyed by fire after the loyalist riots of September 2005. Picture: Freddie Parkinson

TESCO is to open a new Express store on the former Northern Bank site at Cloughfern Corner. And the decision to move to the location by the supermarket giant could bring much needed investment into the area.

Construction is underway at the Doagh Road site, which has lain derelict since rioting and an arson attack destroyed the bank building in 2005.

A Tesco convenience store along with four retail units are scheduled to open before the end of the year.

Councillor John Scott, a representative for the Macedon area, welcomed the development.

He said: “It will help to curb the anti-social behaviour in the area and provide a much needed boost for local employment.

“The area has been in a bad condition for years and a new development on the site has to be welcomed. My one hope is that the new retail sites will not be fast food take-aways, I think we have enough of those.”

He added: “I would hope this can lead to the derelict buildings across from the site attracting new investment.”

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