£3.8 million Shared Campus commitment from Council secured – Cllr Cara McShane

Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has tonight secured agreement to proceed with the £3.8 million contribution from Council to the Shared Campus in Ballycastle.

Cllr Cara McShane made the proposal at the meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Council, following communication that the project could be otherwise jeopardised.

Welcoming the endorsement received from across the political spectrum, Cllr McShane said:

“This is a significant step forward in seeing the Shared Campus project being finally realised. The delays, complications and escalating costs of the project have been frustrating for many stakeholders, not least the school children and the community who would benefit from such a unique facility.

“Those complications were outside the control of Council, but withdrawing from this partnership was simply not an option.

“The Council’s contribution to the £60 million project, will see new and unique facilities created for the benefit of 1,180 pupils in the Ballycastle area.

“On the basis of the Council’s £3.8 million investment, enhanced sporting facilities are being provided within the campus beyond the usual provision for schools. This includes a larger sports hall, synthetic pitches and floodlighting to the pitches. These facilities will then be available to the Council outside school hours.

“It is hoped now that the Department of Education can proceed to award the contract within the next few weeks.”