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Orange Order in Belfast council row over derelict hall

A crumbling building in north Belfast could face demolition because of a dispute between Belfast City Council and the Orange Order.

The Order faces enforcement action over the state of Ligoniel Orange hall on the Crumlin Road, which lies derelict after a spate of attacks by vandals.

Windows at the property have been smashed out with others bricked up, while shrubbery can be seen sprouting from the roof and interior.

Its poor state has now brought the Order into conflict with the council, which is cracking down on owners of derelict buildings.

Belfast City Council is using environmental laws to force owners to either make repairs or demolish their dilapidated properties.

It is understood a senior council official will discuss the issue with a DUP representative in the area, and a decision will then be taken as to whether an enforcement notice will be issued.

The building is for sale and has not been used for some time, with the local lodge meeting in a newer hall.

Last April serious damage was caused to the building after it was targeted by arsonists — one of several attacks by vandals in recent years.

An Orange Order spokesperson said talks were taking place to reach a compromise.

“The most recent attack was last summer and local Orangemen are working with different agencies to deal with the situation,” he said.

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