Thursday, 6 April 2017

Muir welcomes re-opening of Bangor Road, Holywood

I welcome the re-opening of Bangor Road, Holywood after the long running 1 Stewart’s Place listed building saga since it partially collapsed in July last year resulting in then full and then partial closure of the busy Bangor Road.

I am very pleased my persistence and perseverance has finally delivered results for Holywood residents, traders and visitors alike with Bangor Road, Holywood now fully re-opened and 1 Stewart's Place listed building secured and ready for restoration works.

Since the partial collapse in July 2016 local businesses, residents and visitors had to endure great inconvenience whilst the building was disgracefully left to deteriorate. Throughout this period I have been relentlessly campaigning for a prompt solution, pushing the Council and other statutory agencies to intervene whilst also pressurising the previous owners to act. Thankfully the new owner has been swift in their response with the building now fully secured and road re-opened only weeks after they purchased the building. I look forward to meeting them in the weeks ahead to discuss developments and the hopefully much brighter future ahead for this historic building.”

Listed in the 1970s, the building is the other part of the ‘Stewart’s Place pair’ and forms part of the Holywood Conservation Area, but unfortunately the property has been on the Built Heritage at Risk Northern Ireland Register for a number of years. It’s other half, No 3 Stewart’s Place was restored by Hearth Housing Association in 1993.

Stewart’s Place is thought to have been built around 1840 by William Lowry, with numbers one and three forming a pair of three-storey stucco houses with rounded corners and were named after the first post-master of Holywood Hugh Stewart.

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