£10,000 funding to host Championships

BALLYMONEY Borough Council has agreed to allocate £10,000 in the 2012/13 Development Services budget towards the cost of hosting the Co Antrim Championships in the borough.

During a recent Full Council meeting, members backed the call to move forward to make the necessary arrangements, and heard that discussions had take place with the Scottish Pipe Band Association.

A Development Committee report explained: ‘Following Council’s recent decision to host the Co Antrim Championships in Ballymoney in 2012 and to move forward to make the necessary arrangements, discussions had take place with the Scottish Pipe Band Association to identify the funding and other requirements for the event.

‘It is estimated that the cost would be in the region of £7,000 plus ancillary costs, up to a maximum of £10,000, some of which would be met in association with the event partner or through contributions in kind.

‘Further discussions will take place with possible event partners, with a further report to Committee.

‘Following consultation with the Chair it is recommended that provision be made in next year’s Development Services budget for up to £10,000 for this event.

‘Sites within the town boundary will be explored to facilitate the event.’

It was proposed by Cllr John Finlay and seconded by Cllr Jason Atkinson as the event is aimed at bringing economic benefits to town centre businesses.