North Down Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has welcomed the demolition of the old Moffett’s building on Downshire Road, regarded as Holywood’s ugliest building.
“Moffett’s Building has long been a blot on the landscape in Holywood, gradually falling into disrepair until its current awful state. A number of people raised the state of the building with me and directly to Council officers.
“In response North Down Borough Council took strong action and served a notice against the owner, requiring him to demolish or re-instate the property. It seems that rather than carrying out significant works which would have included removal of vegetation from the building, re-instating the roof, repairing or replacing brickwork, repairing window sills and repairing or replacing any damaged window openings and doors, the owner opted for demolition.
“Whilst it’s unclear whether Planning Permission was in place for demolition, I welcome the fact that this blot on the landscape is now gone.”
Mr Muir said he would try tto ascertain future plans for the site so that residents are not left for years with an empty plot of land.