The former police station in Dungiven is up for sale at a price of £175,000.
The 6,920 sq ft (643 sq m) site is situated along the town’s busy Main Street. It officially closed to the public in April 2013 having previously been open for just a handful of hours on alternate Tuesdays, but rarely received visits from the public.
The sale of the site is being marketed by Lambert Smith Hampton who say there has been interest from a range of different users locally, including Belfast and the North West. On their website, the company states: “The two storey building was purpose built as a PSNI Station with reinforced roof and concrete skirting.
“Internally the building is in a good state of repair with spacious rooms and two staircases providing access to separate parts of the building. The yard space to the front of the building provides onsite car parking. Vehicular and pedestrian access are both provided via Main Street.”
Limavady Council had previously expressed an interest in the station as part of plans for a multi-million pound community and sports project for Dungiven, but they decided against pursuing it.
Local councillors in the area say they are disappointed the site, or at least part of it, wasn’t gifted to the community.
SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle said: “There is an opportuity for a developer to buy the land, albeit it seems a bit expensive especially in the current market. However, I can see it being on the market for some time. If it was being sold at the height of the market boom I think it would have disappeared quickly, but I don’t think the money is about now.”
Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey said he would have preferred the site to have been gifted to the Dungiven community.
“It would have been an ideal opportunity for regeneration of the town,” he said. “I’ll be surprised if it sells for that price.”