A former police station in the Co Derry village of Eglinton should be handed over for use by the community, an independent candidate in the forthcoming elections has said.
Paul Hughes, well known for his community work in the Enagh and Strathfoyle area, said the former PSNI station would be ideal as a ‘drop in‘ centre for local young people.
He said securing the building would help divert young people away from risk taking behaviour and develop “a sense of purpose and divert them into purposeful activities based on improving health and well-being.”
The PSNI closed Eglinton station in April of last year after a review of the police estate deemed it and twenty other stations across the north as no longer viable.
A public meeting is to be held in Eglinton on February 1 to discuss the future of the former station.
Eglinton Community Hall have submitted a funding application to the NI Spaces and Places Programme that could see the staion redesigned for community use. Mr Hughes said he hopes that plan will proceed.
“I would appeal to anyone interested in the future of this building to come along and support this communities call for the former police station to handed back over to the community for use as a ‘drop in centre and support services for local disaffected young people,” he said.
He said the site for community use would further lend itself to a social enterprise hub.