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Rethink urged on vesting buildings

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency must be more imaginative when dealing with the owners of dilapidated buildings, an MLA has said.

A call for a rethink of the way the department deals with problem landlords was made during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee at Stormont. DUP MLA Trevor Clarke claimed buildings must be brought up to standard, but said the Government should not foot the bill.

The South Antrim representative warned against vesting buildings in need of urgent repair.

“It is actually now a burden for us,'' he told the committee. “Instead of vesting an asset the department has actually taken on a liability.''

It was also revealed that an announcement on the future of the derelict Crumlin Road Courthouse in Belfast could soon be in the pipeline.

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