At last night’s full meeting of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough, a proposal was brought forward by Councillor Trevor Clarke that funding be allocated to a local Working Group established to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
During a short debate on this matter, Councillor Joan Baird asked what opportunity for funding has been provided for other groups. Raising the example of the Robert Quigg VC memorial who have plans to erect a bronze statue of the soldier in Bushmills. Cllr Baird stated that the group have already raised a large sum of money and have met with Council’s Chief Executive, David Jackson MBE.
The Chief Executive responded to this by confirming that he had met with the group in an informal setting but had suggested the group make a formal application to Council for funding.
Councillor Philip McGuigan proposed an amendment that Council establish a fund for legacy events in which groups apply to on a case by case basis. This amendment was seconded by Councillor Padraig McShane. The amendment was put to a vote and was passed accordingly.