Parts of the former police station in Dungiven are to be auctioned off to the public.
The sale of security cameras and lights comes as contractors for the new owners of the site - Dungiven Presbyterian Church - tore down the yellow corrugated security walls from the perimeter yesterday.
“Townsfolk appear to be very happy and content. They see more light coming out onto Main Street and they see normalisation taking place,” said church committee member, Ian Buchanan.
Mr. Buchanan said part of the church’s fundraising campaign includes an auction of materials from the site.
“We’ve been taking down all the tin and steel on the site and there is an interest in it, in the corrugated sheeting, the old cameras and lights, so we have agreed to sell that off at an auction.” said Mr. Buchanan.
Sinn Fein councillor, Sean McGlinchey said seeing the walls come down “shows you how times have moved on”.
“I don’t think there is one person in Dungiven who wouldn’t welcome this because nobody wants to look at a fortified station,” said Colr. McGlinchey. “It’s good to see it and good luck to the church. I think everyone will be glad to see it.”
The Church bought the site for £175,000 this year and plan to develop it for church activities and a car park, which they say will solve the problem of parking and congestion on the narrow New Street, where their church is located.
The auction will be held on September 24th at the barracks yard.