The future use of Bushmills PSNI station site took a major step forward this week with the appointment of consultants, Venturei and HBK Architects, to conduct a feasibility study into the future use of the site.
A Project Steering Group who appointed the consultants, will oversee the work of the consultants which will be conducted over the next few months until the end of July 2014.
The Project Steering Group has representation from the Bushmills Village Forum, the Northern Ireland Policing Board, the Northern Antrim Community Network, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Bushmills Residents and Environmental Forum. The feasibility study will involve a major consultation and engagement exercise with the local community as well as an exploration of future possible funding sources and an analysis of potential future uses for a community facility located in the former PSNI Station site. Details of the various consultation and events planned over the next 6-8 weeks will be posted on the Village Notice Board.
Speaking about this positive development, Northern Ireland Policing Board Member and North Antrim MLA, David McIlveen, said: “The closure of any PSNI station is a difficult decision and it is difficult for the local community. However, when operational requirements dictate the closure of the station the retention of the station site for future community use is of paramount importance. I am delighted that the Project Steering Group have appointed consultants and I would urge all Members of the community in Bushmills to engage with the consultants over the next few months to have their say in the future use of the PSNI station site to allow all views to be heard and all proposals to be fully examined”.
The Project Steering Group are grateful to Moyle District Council for its continued support as the Group continues to explore the feasibility of retaining the PSNI station and site for future community use. Moyle District Council’s Director of Development Services said :
“ Moyle District Council is committed to supporting local communities and we are delighted that the Project Steering Group is being proactive in researching the needs of the village. The outcome of this work will give a solid foundation for any future public investment in the village”.
Details of the various consultation and engagement events planned over the next 6-8 weeks will be posted on the Village Notice Board.