I am bringing the campaign to end the ongoing saga associated with 1 Stewart’s Place, Holywood to Ards and North Down Borough Council. The listed building partially collapsed on 21 July with nearby Bangor Road closed since then. The building has also remained exposed to the elements with no activity to effect repairs and get the busy road fully re-opened.
Residents, businesses and visitors to Holywood are rightly fed up with the Stewart’s Place saga. Four months after 1 Stewart’s Place partially collapsed the busy Bangor Road remains partially closed with vehicles forced to queue behind traffic lights before eventually being allowed to pass.
Whilst preferable to the complete closure which was endured over the Summer we cannot continue with a main arterial route partially blocked as the busy Christmas trading period approaches. With the building exposed to the elements a rodent infestation is also now under investigation, causing great angst for local residents who have suffered from the problems associated with this building for far too long. With the building’s owner still shamefully dragging their heels I have therefore submitted a Motion asking officers to report urgently on the matter and outline options for Council and other bodies to intervene and get the issue sorted without delay.
Motion submitted to Ards and North Down Borough Council “That this Council asks that officers urgently bring back a report on situation pertaining to 1 Stewart’s Place, Holywood and options available for statutory intervention to enable full re-opening of Bangor Road as soon as possible."