A DECISION to put Castlederg police station back on the market has been welcomed as a ‘positive day’ for the town.
Cllr Ruairí McHugh said the sale will free up the potential for the site to be used for the economic and social regeneration of the area.
The sale of the Derg base, along with other border stations in Aughnacloy and Warrenpoint was stalled in 2018 due to Brexit.
The Policing Board confirmed on Tuesday that the “changing circumstances” of Brexit meant the sale can now go ahead.
Assistant Chief Constable Bobby Singleton said the three stations has previously been considered for sale, but he explained, “In 2018, because of the uncertainty around EU exit, we looked at that decision and decided to pause their disposal,
“That decision has been kept under review and with the changing circumstances of EU exit, particularly in relation to (border) arrangements, an operational review has recommended the disposal of Castlederg, Aughnacloy and Warrenpoint stations can now recommence,” he said.
Welcoming the news Cllr Ruairí McHugh said, “This is a very welcome, albeit somewhat belated development, for this local community
“Given the prime town centre location of the site, it frees up the potential for the socio-economic regeneration of the town and wider hinterland.
“I received unanimous support for a motion to Derry City and Strabane District Council in May to further consult with the Policing Board on the disposal of the site for this purpose and to seek to avail of further regeneration opportunities from within the City Deal, Departmental funding as well as the upcoming £1bn Peace Plus Fund,” he explained.
“This is a positive day which hopefully can be built upon in the time ahead.”