Twenty five local councillors, politicians and representatives from local groups attended a presentation by The Friends of Glenariff on progress for the planned new Glenariff Recreation and Community Centre at the Laragh Lodge.
The Friends of Glenariff have secured £5,500 from The Big Lottery’s ‘Awards for All’ to fund the Feasibility Study for the project.
Following the main presentation on fundraising and plans to date, Joanne Kinnear of BJM Accountants gave a preview of the initial survey results.
Councillor Padraig McShane, Moyle District Council, commented: “The Friends of Glenariff group has presented the community with an opportunity to grow and develop.
“It’s an ambitious proposal but if Glenariff is to grow and thrive going forward the project is essential.
“It also presents an excellent opportunity for the Council to meet its statutory requirements and play a significant part in community services and recreation provision.”
The Friends of Glenariff have raised £160,000 from local fundraising activities over the past four years and currently have applications into the Social Investment Fund and Big Lottery ‘Space and Place’ Fund to help finance the new build.
“We were delighted by the attendance at the meeting and the initial results from the Feasibility Study which clearly demonstrate the local need and the lack of recreation and community space in our area, commented Myra Murray, Chair of Friends of Glenariffe. “We are working hard to secure the funding for the new Centre which is so badly needed to meet the diverse needs of our local community.”
Pictured above are local councillors Margaret-Anne McKillop, Padraig McShane, Randall McDonnell and Donal Cunningham standing behind Friends of Glenariffe’s proposed Recreation and Community Centre.
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Picture kindly submitted by Daniel McAfee.