Belfast Telegraph

Church Street in Strabane closed to traffic over ‘falling’ building

By Garett Hargan

Church Street in Strabane had to be closed off to motorists and pedestrians when safety concerns were raised about an unstable derelict house feared to be on the verge of collapsing.

The PSNI decided to take the precautionary measures yesterday morning when they became aware of the perilous condition of the building.

Strabane SDLP Councillor Patsy Kelly was at the scene once the alarm was raised.

It’s thought local people noticed some sort of movement.

Mr Kelly said: “The building was cordoned off to vehicle traffic, but pedestrians were then allowed to walk down the opposite side of the street.

“Church Street is a steep street — and this building has been vacant for a number of years now.

“The front brick-work of the house began to fall out, and a pole has been put in position to prop the building up.

“The building will have to be assessed first thing tomorrow.

“Church Street is not a shopping street but it is in the centre of the

town and there would be a lot of people living in and around it.

“Attached to the house is another derelict house and adjacent to it is a newer building that has been put up in recent years.

“Opposite to the house there are a couple of businesses.”

The area remains cordoned off until further assessments are carried out to ascertain just how dangerous the building is.

“It will be assessed tomorrow, the owner will have to be notified and the building may have to be pulled down if it is deemed unsafe,” Cllr Kelly added.

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