Limavady Borough Council has been offered the chance to buy the site of Dungiven PSNI station for £140,000, the ‘Journal’ understands.
The station has been closed since the start of the month, with police using a number of venues in Dungiven to conduct community surgeries.
However, 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. The PSNI station site is under consideration as part of that but Council has not taken a decision on it.
Council is waiting on costs of demolition of the building and any other costs incurred with the site.
During discussion in committee on Tuesday, it is understood members heard the site could be Council’s for £140,000.
“Obviously you would not take the first price, and would negotiate for a lower price, especially when there are other sites going cheaper,” said Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey, who revealed he was meeting with Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin and Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill yesterday to discuss possible funding opportunities to regenerate the lower end of the town.
SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle said Council would negotiate, but stressed the site which houses the station is only under consideration.
“We still don’t know any of the costs involved, including demolition and any possible contamination. As a Council we would have to take all of that into consideration before making a decision,” he said.
The SDLP man added the price tag of £140,000 was no big surprise as that had been revealed at a public meeting in Dungiven last year during consultation about the station by Area Commander Sam Donaldson.
During a debate on the matter earlier this month 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 have 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.