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Mossley Mill now available to let after two councils are merged

By Margaret Canning

Published 05/04/2016

The former council premises at Mossley Mill on Carnmoney Road
The former council premises at Mossley Mill on Carnmoney Road

A restored mill formerly used as the headquarters of Newtownabbey Borough Council has gone on the market.

The council premises at Mossley Mill on Carnmoney Road are on the market for let through commercial property agents Osborne King.

It’s one of many former council buildings vacated after the Review of Public Administration (RPA) reduced the number of councils from 26 to 11.

The offices have been put on the rental market by merged entity, Antrim and Newtownabbey. 

They feature vaulted ceilings, carpeted floors and floor to ceiling windows.

PwC chief economist Dr Esmond Birnie said the RPA, which was completed two years ago, resulted in many properties becoming surplus to requirements.

“Moving from 26 down to 11 is likely to imply quite a bit of the physical infrastructure will be duplicated — notably headquarters buildings,” he said.

“So, from the point of view of ratepayers and, indeed, from general civic amenity, it is important that those which aren’t needed can be put to use so that some return is earned for the ratepayer.”

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