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Thursday, 30 September 2021

Muir concerned Craigowen Lodge now an anti social behaviour hot spot

North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has raised concerns over littering and anti-social behaviour issues at historic Craigowen Lodge which is situated right beside the busy A2 Bangor to Belfast Road. 

The historic lodge has been left in a dilapidated state for many years with a tin roof now in place after a fire arising from an earlier arson attempt. The building is presently owned by Clanmill Housing Association after merger of Hearth Housing Association and Clanmil in December 2016. 

Commenting on the issue, Andrew Muir MLA stated, “I received a number of concerning reports from local residents that the land around the Lodge has now become a drinking den left littered with bottles and other paraphernalia. With access relatively easy and boundary walls in disrepair the litter and general disturbance is a threat to wildlife and the local environment and must be tackled without delay. 

I have reported the range of issues both to the Housing Association who own the Lodge and local Police who have assured me that the local Neighbourhood Policing Team have been alerted. These issues demonstrate yet again the risks of leaving properties to decay and develop into hot spots for bad behaviour. I sincerely hope that works to restore the Lodge progress at pace in order to ensure that both the buildng and site is swiftly restored to its former glory.”