The issues surrounding the ownership of Edward Street Social Centre in Ballymoney were discussed at length during last night’s meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
This follows on from the revelation made earlier this month at the Council’s Leisure & Development committee that the building was not owned by Council.
Title deeds show that the site was purchased in 1963 by the Northern Ireland Council of Social Service, they then entered into a trust agreement with the Evergreen Club later that year. The club then obtained a mortgage for the site in 1964.
There are no documents relating to the centre after this date.
When asked if Council could acquire the site via a possessory title, the Legal Advisor stated that they could not do this as they were not the sole operator of the building.
Speaking on the matter, Councillor Darryl Wilson said that members had simply sought clarity over the ownership and future of this site, however it appears that little progress has been made. Councillor Wilson also asked if Council had approached any of the other bodies operating the site since the Leisure & Development meeting.
Cllr Wilson also suggested that council meet with the Evergreen Club as soon as possible in a bid to find a solution which would suit both parties once clarity on ownership is found
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