Councillor Patrick Clarke stated: “I welcome contractors moving onsite to start roof and structural repairs to the listed derelict buildings at 119/121 Main Street Dundrum.
“The historic buildings which were listed back in July 1980 have been vacant for many years, and despite repeated attempts by myself, Down District Council and NIEA requesting the cooperation of the property owner to carry out works to prevent further deterioration of the adjoining properties, actions were not forthcoming from the owner.
“An Urgent Works Notice was then served on 14th February by the Minister for the Department of the Environment to encourage the property owner to take action. Building Contractors then moved onsite on Tuesday 27th March.
“Following a site meeting the contractors appointed by the Department of the Environment have advised me that the repair works to the roof and structure at 119/121 Main Street Dundrum will take two to four weeks to complete, which will result in the large wooden hoarding being finally removed returning a large segment of footpath and the Main Street back to its original state.
“It is very pleasing to see the listed building along Main Street Dundrum finally being repaired and made structurally safe. Many of the villagers are also delighted to see the contractors finally being onsite to save the listed building from further dereliction.”