‘Sledgehammer to crack a nut’
Thursday, 17 November 2016
A LEADING Moyle councillor has criticised Causeway Coast and Glens Council for its attitude towards providing sport and leisure facilities in Ballycastle.
Sinn Fein's Cara McShane accused officers of using a 'sledgehammer to crack a nut' in their approach to meeting needs in the resort.
The comments were made at the November meeting of council's Leisure and Development Committee during which members were presented with the findings of a 2009 report commissioned by the then Moyle District Council.
That report - which looked into the business case for an indoor leisure and visitors centre in Ballycastle - was brought before councillors, together with the 2013 Moyle District Council cover report.
A council spokesperson told members that some of the data was 'out of date,' given that the report was compiled between 2006 and 2009, and that the annual revenue subsidy estimate was considered 'low.'
The spokesperson added that there appeared to be 'no economic justification' for the provision of a 60-70 seat cafe/wine bar facility and claimed that there was 'no analysis' of the effect or potential benefits of the facility in relation to visitor numbers.
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