|Councillor Muir at Craigowen Lodge|
I warmly welcome news the Historic Gate Lodge beside the busy A2 Bangor to Belfast Road at Seahill has been formally purchased by a Housing Association with restoration soon to commence.
I have been campaigning to save the building for the last number of years since it fell into disrepair after being previously vested by the Roads Service as part of a previous road upgrade which never materialised.
After lobbying the Roads and Housing Ministers for the last number of years to save this listed building I am delighted to learn that Clanmill Housing Association's Hearth Heritage Division have now purchased Craigowen Lodge with plans to restore the building now forming part of their 2017/18 Programme.
With Planning Permission already in place finalisation of funding remains the only possible stumbling block plus any unforeseen statutory issues which I hope can be quickly addressed.
I have therefore written to the Finance Minister to ensure funding is provided and hope the year ahead will mark yet another Built Heritage success story to be enjoyed both by future residents and passing commuters.
Craigowen Lodge is a single storey listed building in Italianate style. Built in 1851 and designed by Thomas Turner, a previous pupil of architect Charles Lanyon.