The former PSNI Station in Dungiven has been bought by a local church for £175,000, the ‘Journal’ can reveal.
Dungiven Presbyterian Church completed the sale of the former police station, which has been closed since 2013, over recent days.
Ian Buchanan, of the Church’s Property Committee, said they’re delighted to get the deal over the line.
“Since it was first mooted ‘for sale’ we’ve always been interested. We are very restricted for car parking on New Street for the Church, especially for larger functions such as weddings or funerals. It’s a nightmare really, so we saw an opportunity as our Church backs onto this property, so all we have to do is open access. It’s a relief to have it over the line, and we are all happy we have secured it.” Mr Buchanan said the money to buy the site was made possible through Church reserves and a loan. He said there will be fundraising activities over the next year, including a Community Open Day on February 27th.
“We have no real plans for the building itself at the moment,” said Mr Buchanan. “The building is a very sound, solid building and it would cost a lot to demolish. We may be able to use it for the Church, we don’t know yet. Nothing has been discussed yet. We just want to take some time and evaluate what we have. We don’t need it to be a fortress site and we want to normalise it as much as we can and make it just another building on Main Street in Dungiven. Hopefully, in the summer, we can start to do that.”
Mr. Buchanan said during the Troubles “our Church, because of its location close to the station, did suffer”.
“We got all the windows blown out of the Church, and we did suffer a couple of times, but that’s all in the past now,” he added.