Fury over funding cuts

Thursday, 1 March 2018

A DECISION to cut grants to organisers of popular summer events, including the Heart of the Glens Festival, has come under fire from an angry former Assemblyman who lives in Cushendall.
Sinn Fein's Oliver McMullan hit out after the Ballycastle Chronicle revealed last week how Causeway Coast and Glens councillors had voted to provide a total of 62,000 to organisers, instead of the 104,000 requested. The controversial decision to reduce financial backing by 30 per cent was taken by the council's Leisure and Development Committee following a commitment to freeze domestic rates which curtailed the council budget by 1.8 milllion.
As well as the Heart of the Glens Festival, other events being hit across the borough are Ballymoney Show, Limavady's Stendhal Festival, the Foyle Cup and Pirates off Portrush.
The borough's most high profile events including the NW200, the SuperCup NI and Pipe Band Competition in Portrush escaped cuts in council funding because their grants were ring-fenced for three years in 2015.


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