A GROUP of concerned locals have met to voice their concerns over Sion Mill’s heritage, following last week’s blaze at Herdman’s.
Organised by Celia Ferguson, who is involved with the preservation of historical buildings in the village, the meeting saw Mayor at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maolisia McHugh and numerous others get together to discuss the best course of action for the beleaguered mill, which has been targeted five times by arsonists.
According to Celia Ferguson, it is clear the most recent act of arson has been met with widespread disdain amongst the community.
“It is clear that people are very supportive of preserving the mill considering recent events,” she said. “It also was good to see the Mayor in attendance, who pledged to take this issue to the higher-ups.
“While there wasn’t a big turn out, it was a bank holiday Sunday and we did get a number of apologies from people who couldn’t make it. There is clearly a lot of concern and you only have to look at the response the recent fire at Herdman’s has got on social media. After the meeting, we definitely feel more supported.”
As owners of another vandalised building on the mill site, she added that it is aim of the Sion Mills Building Preservation Trust to raise money to bring the building back to it’s former glory.
“We need to raise a lot of money and we are hoping to set up a JustGiving page shortly. In terms of the council, it is clear the preservation of historical buildings is a top priority and high up on their radar, and they have enlisted GM Designs to produce a ‘master plan’ for the preservation of buildings in the area.”
Posted: 2:13 pm June 5, 2018