Old cinema demolition to complete removal of ‘eyesore buildings’

The old cinema on High St should be gone by this weekend. INBM 10-757-CON
The old cinema on High St should be gone by this weekend. INBM 10-757-CON

After weeks of work out of sight of the public, the outer walls of Linenhall Street and Charles Street were taken down last weekend with nothing left but piles of rubble.

The old cinema on High Street - now minus its roof - will be the last part to be demolished and should be gone by this weekend, according to the team behind the 14-week project.

The outer walls of Linenhall Street and Charles Street were reduced to piles of rubble.  INBM 10-756-CON

The outer walls of Linenhall Street and Charles Street were reduced to piles of rubble. INBM 10-756-CON

Removal of over a dozen “eyesore” buildings got under way in Ballymoney town centre in January.

The present owner purchased the properties at the end of last year and it is understood the site is earmarked for mainly residential development.

The area has attracted negative attention in recent times due to derelict buildings and vacant premises.

In September of last year, the Department of Communities announced a £200,000 investment to help revitalise Ballymoney’s retail offering.

The 14-week project includes erecting timber hoarding for future development. INBM 10-755-CON

The 14-week project includes erecting timber hoarding for future development. INBM 10-755-CON

The scheme, which also attracted £20,000 Causeway Coast and Glens Council funding, takes Church Street, High Street, Victoria Street, Charles Street and Linenhall Street.

The aim is to support existing traders in the development of their business, promote the area as a destination for shoppers and improve the attractiveness of the shop frontages.