Green light for demolition of Craigyhill flats

SOCIAL Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced plans to demolish flats in Larne’s Craigyhill area that have become blighted by vandalism anti-social behaviour.

The plans will see a total of 58 flats torn down - 34 at Cairngorm Road, eight at Linn Road and 16 at Shanlea Drive. Out of the 58 flats, only seven are currently in use.

Mr McCausland said: “This is an important day for the people of Craigyhill and the Linn Road estate.

“The demolition of these 58 flats will remove the blight of void and unlettable stock, enhance the environment and protect previous investment in the area.

“The completion of this project will see a much more pleasant and harmonious environment for the local residents by removing the source of anti-social behaviour which has proved a problem in the past.”

The Housing Executive will now begin to contact all those directly affected by the demolition to outline exactly how they will be affected.

An implementation plan will also be developed in consultation with the local community detailing how and when this work will be delivered.