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Mill workers row to be protected

A ROW of houses at Tassagh is the subject of one of two new building preservation notices in Northern Ireland announced by Environment Minister Alex Attwood.

The buildings are an historic mill workers’ terrace at 64-68 Dundrum Road, Tassagh, and the former Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion building at Durham Street in Belfast.

All properties will be protected as a listed building for six months while further research is carried out.

Minister Attwood (pictured) said:”We have to look forward and we must plan for our future. But we must also not ignore what has shaped us. Our built heritage provides a tangible connection to our past and we should protect its best features for future generations. Built Heritage also plays a part. It is integral to our tourism industry and this is why I have acted.”

Building Preservation Notices were introduced in 2003 to protect historic buildings which are in danger of demolition or major alteration for a period of up to six months as a listed building.

The terrace dates from before 1830, while the former blood transfusion build dates from 1918.

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