Mr Robin Swann, the Ulster Unionist North Antrim Assemblyman and Chairman of the Stormont Employment and Learning Committee, has called on the Executive “to get their thinking caps on and find a viable future role for Ballymena’s County Hall”.
Assemblyman Swann, who is also UUP Chief Whip and North Antrim UUP Chairman, said he was writing to the Stormont Executive’s Finance and Enterprise Ministers “demanding urgent action on this important issue”.
Mr Swann said: “Previously, I have raised my concerns about the long-term viability of the County Hall in Ballymena.
“This is following the removal of the Car Tax office, and now the Education Authority is moving its staff to the former Ballee School site in the town.
“I am now asking that Department of Finance and Personnel officials work in conjunction with InvestNI and the Mid and East Antrim Council to develop County Hall into Grade A Office accommodation.
“There can be no doubting that such accommodation is currently lacking in Northern Ireland and such a situation would also bring additional employment to the area given the recent spate of job losses which the constituency has suffered.
“The County Hall is ideally situated due to its close proximity to the A26 and Ballymena and Antrim towns,” said Assemblyman Swann.