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Derelict building has become hazard to public

A DERELICT property on a Strabane street has fallen in to such a state of disrepair that is has become a hazard to members of the public.

The property on the corner of Eden Terrace and Lower Main Street, which once housed McEnhill’s Dental Practice, has been lying vacant for a number of years.

However in recent weeks it has deteriorated to the point that parts of the building have begun to fall off on to the street below.

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One passer-by explained, “I was just walking past on the street when the window sill from the house fell off. It just missed hitting me. There are bits and pieces of it falling off everywhere, this needs to be sorted out before someone is badly hurt.”

A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council confirmed that officers have visited this property after issues were raised about its deteriorating condition. They explained council are making contact with the owner to highlight their responsibility to maintain the building so that it is safe and secure.

Last year the Chronicle highlighted how the house had become a magnet for anti-social behaviour and was being used as a drinking den by young people. On that occasion the owner was also spoken to by the council and asked to secure the property on a permanent basis.

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