Sinn Féin Councillor for Culmore Sandra Duffy has raised concerns about the starting of fires at the former site of Thornhill College and has urged the Department for Infrastructure to allow developers to push ahead with plans to demolish the site ahead of plans for a major retirement village on the site .
Councillor Duffy said “Sadly once again we are having to deal with fires at the site of the former college. This is a problem that has been going on here for a number of years since the school was vacated .It’s a vast site and there is only so much you can do to secure it.
“It is becoming a magnet for young people to get involved in vandalism and starting fires. This is presenting dangers for the young people involved plus using up valuable resources of our emergency service.
“I am urging the Department for Infrastructure to sign off on their consultation to allow planning permission to be granted.
“This will allow the developers to push ahead with their plans for the retirement village and demolish these dangerous buildings before someone is seriously hurt or much worse.
“These buildings have suffered from arson attacks in the past and I certainly hope this is not the start of copycat incidents.
“I would urge parents in the general Culmore area to advise their children to stay away from the old Thornhill school site.