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Legal action over Derry Victorian house

BY DONNA DEENEY

A Victorian house in Londonderry is among a handful of listed buildings that the Department of Environment has taken legal action to safeguard.

The two-storey house on Academy Road, listed as a Category Building in March 1979, has fallen in to a serious state of dereliction after fire damage in September.

The Environment Department has issued an Urgent Works Notice on the owner, as the house is now on the Built Heritage at Risk Register, with its condition described as very poor.

The notice falls under a legal act which makes the protection of built heritage compulsory and gives the owner just seven days to carry out the repairs.

Failing this, the department will then undertake the repair work and seek all costs from the owner through the courts.

This is only the second time such action has been taken in Derry. Despite attempts to engage with the owner, the DOE said it has not resulted in action being taken to secure the property.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: "The serving of this notice is a further tangible commitment by DoE to our rich heritage and reflects my department's aim that listed buildings should be protected."

This rarely used legislation has previously been issued in Dungannon, Dundrum, Coleraine, Larne and Portrush.

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