Commenting on the issue Cllr Muir stated: “After making enquiries to ascertain the definite timescale for demolition I have been informed by the Housing Executive that ‘It had been anticipated that the demolition would occur before or shortly after Christmas. Unfortunately, there has been a need to retender the contract. In this respect it is unlikely that the demolition will take place before March at the earliest.’
Continuing, Cllr Muir stated: “I understand the reason for delay is due to a demolition job in Ballybeen taking much longer than expected. I am very disappointed that people living in Loughview Estate will have to endure this eye sore and magnet for anti social behaviour until Spring 2011. I will continue to press the Housing Executive to ensure demolition takes place as soon as possible. People want this blot on the landscape gone without any further delay”.
Concluding, Cllr Muir remarked “Hopes were raised in 2010 that it would be bulldozed and replaced with new housing. My New Year’s resolution is that these hopes start to be realised. I will therefore push for the old flats to be flattened in early 2011.”