Sinn Féin councillor Brenda Chivers has welcomed the decision by Causeway Coast and Glens corporate policy and resources committee to reject ratepayers funding public screenings for the Euro 2016 football championships.
Cllr. Chivers said “I pointed out when this first came up that it would have a negative impact on local businesses and that the council should be trying to help struggling local businesses rather that taking customers away from them.”
“The total cost for the 4 screens would be between £65,537.67 to £94,897.92 for the full tournament, I feel this would be an unnecessary burden on the ratepayer for a temporary installation, this money would be put to far better use as a permanent play park for example.”
She added “If these screens were to go ahead who is to say people would even make use of them as they would be very dependent on good weather to bring crowds to an outdoor event such as this. We dont want to spoil everyones enjoyment of this historic tournament as the whole island is represented at this major tournament but as elected representatives we must ensure the ratepayers get the best value for money possible.”