Sinn Fein interested in buying former Dungiven police station

It used to be the former police barracks in Dungiven, and now it's up for sale.  (DERR1601SJ10)
It used to be the former police barracks in Dungiven, and now it's up for sale. (DERR1601SJ10)

A Sinn Fein councillor has said his party is interested in purchasing the former Dungiven police station, which is currently for sale.

The former station on Main Street has been closed since 2013 and is for sale at £175,000.

Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey.

Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey.

Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey told the ‘Journal’ his party would be “very interested” in buying what he described as “a brilliant site”.

He said their vision would be to use the property as office space, not just for Sinn Fein, but also for local community groups.

“When you see what they did with the former police station in Bellaghy, how they have turned that into the Seamus Heaney Centre and made it a real community hub, why not do the same in Dungiven?

“There are a lot of community groups in this area and, for some of them, their premises are in poor condition.

“This way all community groups would be in the one space, charged enough to cover the bills, and it would be a real community hub for the area,” said Colr. McGlinchey.

Colr. McGlinchey said there was support for the idea within the party, and he said should they make a successful bid they would also be exploring funding options.

“I think it would be a great project,” he added.

The sale of the site is being marketed by Lambert Smith Hampton who say there has been around a dozen expressions of interest locally, including Belfast and the North West, close to the Dungiven and Derry areas.

They said they expect to bring the process to a close in the next six weeks or so.