Council considers cost of Dungiven station move

SDLP councillor Michael Coyle has moved to quash reports that Limavady Borough Council has taken over the PSNI station site in Dungiven.

Council is currently considering sites at Ballyquin Road and at Curragh Road in Dungiven for a multi-million pound project to provide sports and community facilities.

Speaking after the project was discussed at Limavady Council last week, Colr. Coyle said contrary to a report in local media, the Council had not “taken over the site”.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’, Colr. Coyle said: “The PSNI station site is under consideration as part of that site but, at this moment in time, Council has not taken a decision over that site. We have no idea of the cost of the site, or the cost of the demolition of it, therefore we don’t know if it’s viable at this stage to acquire the site.”

During a debate on the matter last Tuesday, councillors heard if Council decide they want to take owenrship of the site, the PSNI have indictated they would prefer to hand it over “as is”.

Councillors agreed to a survey being conducted to look at various aspects of the site in order to determine what costs would be involved in demolition.

Colr. Coyle added: “It would be nice to have it, but if the costs are too high, no way.”

Dungiven PSNI station closed to the public earlier this month following PSNI consultation with the community and a series of discussions between the Policing Board and police on the issue. Since then police are holding community surgeries in the town.