Council ‘being held to ransom’ - claim

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Council ‘being held to ransom’ - claim thumbnailSDLP Cllr Margaret Anne McKillop.

COUNCILLORS are going back to the drawing board following claims that the private sector is "holding the council to ransom" over plans for improved sport and leisure provision in Ballycastle. There were angry exchanges at a full council meeting on Tuesday, October 25, after Ballycastle Independent Councillor Padraig McShane slammed the "shocking lack of facilities" in the town.
Earlier in the month members of the Leisure and Development Committee were asked to consider the town's proposed new shared education campus as one option in addressing a lack of resources.
Council officers are also considering refurbishing the former Marine Hotel Country Club as a possible location for a pool and gym in the area. Branding proposals "a mishmash," Councillor McShane said other main towns, such as Ballymoney, had benefited from improved facilities.
He added: "We don't need anything on the scale of the Joey Dunlop Centre but Ballycastle needs leisure provision and this council is duty bound to provide it. At the moment we are treading water and officers are doing nothing.


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